OT hero Domingue gets Game 2 start for Pens

OT hero Domingue gets Game 2 start for Pens


Malkin’s deflection gives Pens a thrilling win in triple OT (0: 43)

Evgeni Malkin deflects the puck in the third overtime to give the Penguins a 4-3 win over the Rangers in Game 1. (0: 43)

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    Greg WyshynskiESPN


      Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer.

NEW YORK — Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Louis Domingue, who made 17 saves in their Game 1 victory after entering in the second overtime, will start Game 2 against the New York Rangers on Thursday night.

Coach Mike Sullivan said that Game 1 starter Casey DeSmith is day-to-day with a lower body injury. Goalie Alex D’Orio was recalled from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton as the backup.

When asked if injured regular-season starter Tristan Jarry or DeSmith could be available for Game 3, Sullivan said the Penguins aren’t thinking that far ahead. Jarry, who broke his foot in the middle of the regular season, has not been able to skate again. Jarry, who started 56 games for the Penguins, hasn’t played since April 14.

Domingue entered Game 1 after DeSmith limped off the ice at 9: 07 into the second overtime. The 30-year-old journeyman made 17 saves in the second and third overtimes until Evgeni Malkin‘s goal 5: 58 into the third overtime gave the Penguins a 1-0 series lead.

Playing in his eighth NHL season, this will be Domingue’s first playoff start. Counting Game 1, he has played 35 minutes in the Stanley Cup playoffs during his career.

“He’s confident. He has a little bit of swagger to his personality. Sullivan stated that he believes that this serves him well. It’s an important aspect of being goalie. He believes in his game. It’s infectious with our group. “

Defenseman Mike Matheson said that Domingue likes to play the puck more than DeSmith. “I think that’s an advantage. He’s very good at it and that can help take the load off defensemen,” he stated.

In other Penguins injury news, forward Rickard Rakell is out for Game 2 and is day-to-day with an upper-body injury following a hit by Rangers defenseman Ryan Lindgren in the first period of Game 1. The penalty was originally deemed a major penalty, but it was reclassified to a minor penalty for roughing.

Meanwhile, forward Jason Zucker could return to the lineup. Sullivan stated that it was a game-time call, but Zucker skated in Penguins’ optional skating on Thursday morning. He last played on April 26.

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