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Penguins lose to Flames, but may have gained a key piece in Tristan Jarry

Jason Mackey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on

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CALGARY, Alberta -- The Penguins lost out a chance to pick up two points in the standings. What they gained -- if what transpired Thursday turns out to be real -- could mean more over the balance of the season.

Tristan Jarry made his second NHL start during a 2-1 overtime loss to the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. And while Jarry didn't pick up the win, he did enough encouraging things that it could go a long way toward addressing the Penguins' backup goaltender situation.

The first goal Jarry allowed was a Sean Monahan power-play tally at 15:53 of the third period that clanked off Brian Dumoulin's skate.

The second was the result of a great play by Matt Tkachuk off a Penguins turnover and a Mark Giordano snipe at 2:19 of overtime.

The penalty call -- a high-sticking infraction on Kris Letang -- that led to Monahan's goal was one of several on the night that Penguins coach Mike Sullivan likely disagreed with, including a roughing call on Ryan Reaves late in the second.

Jarry, however, looked calm and composed beginning with his first save of the night, a stop on Michael Ferland's redirect after a terrific Penguins start that left Jarry with little to do but watch.

Turning to Jarry was something the Penguins had planned to do all along, Sullivan and general manager Jim Rutherford insisted on the road this week.

Rutherford said the organization wanted Jarry to finish out last weekend in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton while fine-turning a couple things in his game, and the swap would be made with Casey DeSmith on Monday.

DeSmith did little to nail down the backup job after allowing three goals on 15 shots Sunday in Winnipeg.

Goaltending coach Mike Buckley said he thought seeing DeSmith get the promotion over him would be a "wakeup call" for Jarry, a former second-round pick, and that's exactly what it seemed to be.

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