Tristan Jarry didn’t know exactly what to expect as he made his way back to the bench during the first stoppage in play in Saturday’s game.
Moments earlier, he had committed a goaltending gaffe for the ages, falling untouched onto his backside to gift the New York Islanders an early lead.
It was entirely possible he would be greeted by 18 skaters and three coaches scowling at him, rightfully blaming him for the hole the team now would have to climb out of.
Instead, he saw a welcome sight.
“I saw 90 percent of the guys laughing at me,” Jarry said with a grin.
Jarry put the blunder behind him to make 25 saves, his teammates picked up the slack and Sidney Crosby scored the winner with 1 minute, 12 seconds left in overtime, leading the Penguins to a 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders at PPG Paints Arena.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Penguins.
“Bad things happen,” teammate Bryan Rust said, politely avoiding a common phrase that could describe the play that contains profanity. “Everyone makes mistakes or gets bad breaks. That’s how we saw it. We got behind him, and we pushed harder.”
The goaltending error came 71 seconds into the game.
As Brandon Davidson crossed the blue line on the right wing, Jarry moved from right to left across his crease when he stumbled. As he windmilled his arms to regain his balance like something out of a slapstick comedy routine, Davidson took a harmless shot that slid into the cage.
“He loses an … he … I don’t know what he did, quite honestly,” coach Mike Sullivan said, suppressing a laugh. “I don’t know if he lost an edge or he hit a rut or whatever, but it was just one of those unfortunate circumstances. I was really happy with how he responded.”

Jarry confirmed his skate caught a rut in the ice. He said he was able to bounce back and have a solid game by having a short memory.
“It’s just one of those things where you have to catch yourself, and you have to refocus right away,” Jarry said.
Jarry’s follies notwithstanding, the Penguins improved their overall team game dramatically from an 8-4 loss at Boston two nights prior. They outshot the Islanders, 50-27, when all was said and done.
It almost wasn’t enough, though, thanks to a brilliant performance from Islanders goalie Christopher Gibson, whose start was his first NHL appearance of the season and the fifth of his career.
He stopped the first 37 shots he faced until Patric Hornqvist scored on the power play late in the second period to make it 1-1.
After Anders Lee scored out of a net-front scramble when a puck bounced in off defenseman Jamie Oleksiak’s leg early in the third period, the Penguins had to scratch out another goal to force overtime.
Derick Brassard did the honors, scoring his first goal in a Penguins uniform with less than nine minutes left in regulation.
“Their goalie played really well tonight,” Brassard said. “I think we stuck with it. Sometimes you can get frustrated a little bit, but I didn’t feel that on the bench. Guys just kept pushing. We just needed that goal.”
The Penguins also needed a two-minute, four-on-three penalty kill in overtime after they were caught with too many men on the ice.
Crosby scored 33 seconds after it ended, keeping the puck himself on a two-on-one with Justin Schultz and ripping a shot from the right wing past Gibson.
Jarry’s redemption was complete.
“A goal like that doesn’t happen too often, especially early on,” Crosby said. “I think we had the right mentality, and he made some big saves after that, too.”
Jonathan Bombulie is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at or via Twitter @BombulieTrib.