Kris Letang and Tristan Jarry shine in Penguins win over Islanders

Kris Letang (Michael Miller, Wikimedia Commons)

The Pittsburgh Penguins clobbered the New York Islanders 7-0, and it was a memorable game for two Canadians. Kris Letang of Montreal, Quebec set the National Hockey League record for most assists in a period by a defenseman (five), and tied the Penguins record for most assists in a game (six). Meanwhile, Tristan Jarry of Surrey, British Columbia made 22 saves for the shutout, his fourth of the season, which leads the NHL.

In the five Penguins goals where Letang had a second period assist, Jake Guentzel and Evgeni Malkin scored two goals each. Letang also set up Radim Zohorna for a second period goal and Valtteri Puustinen for a third period goal, his first in his NHL career. The other Penguins to have six assists in a game are Mario Lemieux of Montreal, Quebec (accomplished the feat thrice), Ron Stackhouse of Haliburton, Ontario, and Greg Malone of Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Jarry meanwhile made 22 saves overall. He made four saves in the first period, seven saves in the second period, and 11 saves in the third period.

In 2023-24, Letting has three goals and 20 assists for 23 points in 33 games. Jarry has a record of 10 wins, 11 regulation losses, and two losses in extra time, with a goals against average of 2.49 and a save percentage of .916.

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