Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Casey DeSmith has undergone surgery that will keep him out of the playoffs, including the remainder of the tied first-round series against the Rangers.
DeSmith exited Game 1 of the first round matchup against the Blue Shirts during the 2nd overtime period with a lower body injury. Backup goaltender Louis Domingue entered the game, and made 17 saves before Pittsburgh’s offense ended the game by finding the back of the net against Rangers All-Star Igor Shesterkin.
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Tristan Jarry, the Penguins best option at the goaltender position, is also out with a lower-body injury. Coach Mike Sullivan told reporters that Jarry is considered day-to-day, and may see action this series, depending on his rehabilitation process.
With Jarry and DeSmith out, Domingue will likely see his second-ever playoff start in the Penguins game against the Rangers in Pittsburgh on Saturday.
While Domingue became the Game 1 hero for the team from Pennsylvania, he would surrender 5 scores against New York in a loss on Thursday — when the Rangers evened the series at 1.
Domingue has started 126 games in his 8 year career, and boasts a lifetime .905 save percentage.
Game 3 of the series will come in Pittsburgh on Saturday night at 7 p.m., followed by Game 4 on Monday.