Penguins goalkeeper Casey DeSmith out for the playoffs after core surgery

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The rest of Pittsburgh penguinsThe playoff run will not include goalkeeper Casey DeSmith.

Coach Mike Sullivan said DeSmith underwent core surgery on Friday morning and will miss the remainder of the postseason.

The surgery comes three days after DeSmith went out in the second overtime of Pittsburgh’s 4-3 triple win over the New York Rangers in Game 1 of their first-round series. DeSmith entered the playoffs when Pittsburgh’s best goalkeeper with All-Star Tristan Jarry sidelined with a lower body injury.

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Pittsburgh Penguins goalkeeper Casey DeSmith saves against the New York Rangers during extra time in Game 1 of an NHL Stanley Cup first-round playoff series on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 in New York.
(AP Photo / Adam Hunger)

DeSmith’s injury leaves Louis Domingue as a starter as the best-of-seven series moves to Pittsburgh for Game 3 on Saturday night.

Domingue took Game 1 victory when the Penguins won 5:58 in the third overtime. The well-traveled 30-year-old Domingue made 35 saves in a 5-2 defeat in Game 2.

Sullivan didn’t rule out Jarry’s return at some point in the series. Jarry hasn’t played since he injured his foot on April 15th.

While Jarry has rehabilitated from the ice, there are no schedules on when he might be available, leaving Alex D’Orio as Pittsburgh’s main backup as the Penguins try to advance from round one for the first time since 2018.