What an incredible night it was for Tristan Jarry. It’s extremely rare for goalkeepers to score in the NHL or any league.
But Tristan Jarry had done it before. In 2018, while playing for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Jarry became the first goalie in the team’s history to score.
On Thursday, Jarry made history once again, but this time in the big league.
Jarry found the back of the net with 1 minute and 8 seconds left in the game, picking up a loose puck and flicking it down for an empty netter.
His teammates immediately mobbed him as he pumped his fist in the air.
Jarry became just the 14th goaltender in NHL history to score a goal and the first one for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The last goalie to pull it off was Linus Ullmark, scoring against the Canucks in February earlier this year.
Sidney Crosby has played in the NHL since 2005, and this was a first for him as well.
“It’s cool. I mean, to be a part of that – you know, you see it happen, but I’ve never seen it live and been a part of it,” Crosby said. “I’m really happy for him. It’s pretty cool to see.”
Although Jarry tried to talk it down post-game—saying the win was the important thing—he couldn’t hide his excitement.
“It’s pretty neat, honestly,” Jarry said. “It’s something that doesn’t happen very often. There’s very few that have done it. So, it’s something that’s definitely pretty cool. But honestly, the win means more.”
Every time a goalie scores, it’s special and awesome. But Jarry’s goal was absolutely incredible. Looking at it at first glance, it perhaps doesn’t seem like such a hard thing to do.
But after the game, content creator Brady Trettenero shared a new angle of the goal on the social media platform X, and it just proved what an absolute beauty it was and how perfectly executed everything was.
For Jarry, it was ’the perfect scenario.’
“They dumped it right on net, and I didn’t even have to stop it,” Jarry said. “It was coming into me, kind of coming in slow. I just shot it right on the fly, and it just ended up going in. It’s obviously cool when you’re able to do it. Just when the time comes, I think it’s something that you can’t really force.”