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Mike Sullivan often admits there is one crucial factor he has to consider when putting together his line-up for every game he oversees as the Pittsburgh Penguins coach

On Sunday, when his team was aiming for their first win of the season at home against rivals Washington Capitals, new franchise goalkeeper Tristan Jarry was not part of that alchemy

Instead, Sullivan reached out to a goalkeeper who had been around since Jan. March 2019 had not started an NHL game

Casey DeSmith scored 20 saves out of the 23 shots he faced in regulation and overtime, then stopped all four shots during a shootout to lead the Penguins to a much-needed 3-3 victory

“(DeSmith) made some big saves, especially in the shootout,” Sullivan said via videoconference. “He was really solid in the shootout. He made some big saves for us. This is what we expect from our goalkeepers. do you have a better chance of winning? That’s what he did for us today ”

DeSmith, who spent most of the 2019-20 season at Wilkes-Barre / Scranton of the American Hockey League, didn’t seem overly sentimental about claiming his first NHL win in nearly two years. His concerns were more immediate

“The only thing I really focused on was a win (Sunday),” said DeSmith. “Obviously they have two against me in the first period I was just glad I got to beat back the rest of the game”

Much like their road losses to the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday and Friday, the Penguins faced early deficits. The only difference on Sunday was that they won the battle

After Penguins striker Evan Rodrigues scored his first goal of the season with a 19 second distraction, the Capitals kept up thanks to strikers Nic Down and Alex Ovechkin, who scored their first goals at 12:04 and 14, respectively 2-1 lead: 24 in the first period

“We weren’t at all happy with the start,” said defender Marcus Pettersson. “We weren’t difficult to play. We didn’t hold onto pucks. In the second phase we have some long shifts in their zone and that always helps some energy generated there I think from the back end just played harder, played faster ”

That tougher, faster effort was reflected in a 2:10 tie from striker Colton Sceviour of the first period, his first of the season

After Capitals striker Nicklas Backstrom scored his second goal in a 4-3 power play sequence (10:09 am), Pettersson tied it out of the slot again at 12:57 pm with a wrister

After a goalless third and overtime, the game turned into a shootout. After Penguins defender Kris Letang and strikers Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin were rejected by Capitals goalkeeper Ilya Samsonov, striker Jake Guentzel stuck a goal through Samsonov’s legs to score the winning goal

DeSmith played a handful of All-Stars and Olympians, including striker T.J Oshie, Backstrom, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Ovechkin take the win

“I thought he was going to shoot,” DeSmith said “He’s more of a shooter Usually he shoots more often in shootouts than Deke I could get just enough and he shot five holes I saw the puck in my feet and was thrilled”

The Penguins felt for the first time this season, so you’ll likely get a similar feeling as Jarry refines his game

“I had a few conversations with Tristan,” Sullivan said. “I think (sitting will) give Tristan an opportunity to reset his mindset and do some workouts with (goalkeeping coach Mike Buckley) That will be good for Tristan.We felt that (forming DeSmith) today was the best decision for our team. We will take every game as it comes and we will try to make those decisions as best we can ”

Seth Rorabaugh is a contributor to Tribune Review. You can contact Seth by email at [email protected] or on Twitter

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