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Tristan Jarry scores memorable goal

by Mark Madden / Pittsburgh Penguins

Deep inside his heart, Marc-Andre Fleury was probably jealous.

After all, Fleury had tried so many times before.

But, when talking about Tristan Jarry's goal, the ex-Penguin goaltender had nothing but praise for Jarry.

"He got it, dropped it and shot it," Fleury marveled after a recent morning skate with his Vegas Golden Knights. "It was perfect."

Jarry's "goalie goal" came Nov. 14 as his Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League won at Springfield, Mass., 5-1.

It was as basic as Fleury described: Jarry's shot went right down the middle, though Jarry acknowledged a "generous bounce" that steered it so.

"I'd come close a couple times, but that was the first time I ever got one," Jarry said. "It was pretty cool. I was pretty excited."

Tweet from @WBSPenguins: GOALIE GOAL! Tristan Jarry finds the empty net for the #WBSPens - #WBS20

Eleven different goalies have scored at the NHL level. Can Jarry be No. 12?

That's of minuscule concern to Jarry, who was summoned to Pittsburgh on Thanksgiving, eight days after scoring in the AHL. Injury to Matt Murray opened a spot, and Jarry played the next day, making 35 saves in a 2-1 overtime loss at Boston.

"I thought it was a good first game back," said Jarry. "It's been a while since I had an NHL game. So it's good to get back into things and see how it goes.

 "I didn't think the speed and the shooting affected me too much, and I think it was something that I didn't want to let affect me. Just working above the pace and just try to get as many pucks as I could."

Jarry, 23, has maintained a good attitude despite a glut of goalies that has sometimes made it difficult for him to gain traction in the Penguins organization.

"It's great to have that many goalies in the organization that can come up at any time and play," said the Surrey, B.C., native. "It's always good when you can help a team win, and I think that's awesome with me, Matt and Casey [DeSmith]."

Jarry was solid at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton before his call-up, posting a 4-5-2 record with a 2.89 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage.

"I got better every game," Jarry said. "I went down with a higher standard, and I want to be better every day. Coming into every game, I want to build. Make sure there are a lot of things I can work on every day."

Jarry (6-foot-2, 194 pounds) was a second-round pick in the 2013 NHL draft. After the loss at Boston, he had played 28 career NHL games, posting a 2.75 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage at the big-league level.

Jarry also has two NHL assists. He's a magician with the puck, don't forget. Maybe he can add to the Penguins' secondary scoring.

Mark Madden hosts a radio show 3-6 p.m. weekdays on WXDX-FM (105.9).

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