Penguins’ starter Marc-Andre Fleury was pulled after allowing three Lightning goals on 10 shots tonight in Tampa Bay.
Nikita Kucherov’s goal 52 seconds into the second period, which gave the Lightning a 3-0 lead, chased Fleury.
Jeff Zatkoff has replaced Fleury.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled goaltender Jeff Zatkoff from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League the club announced Wednesday.
Marc-Andre Fleury will not be available to the club Thursday when the Penguins play host to the Colorado Avalanche.
Fleury along with Robert Bortuzzo and Olli Maatta were getting tested for the mumps Wednesday.
“We will probably get those results back in a three-day period,” Penguins GM Jim Rutherford said per NHL.com.
Zatkoff, 27, has a 9-5-1 record in 15 AHL games this season posting a 1.89 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage and one shutout.
Last season with Pittsburgh Zatkoff went 12-6-2 with a 2.61 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage.
The Pittsburgh Penguins made some cuts on Saturday, with the most interesting – if not surprising – move coming when they placed last year’s backup Jeff Zatkoff on waivers.
(Brian Dumoulin and Bobby Farnham were sent to the AHL.)
Again, it’s not exactly a stunning development for Pittsburgh, as Thomas Greiss could very well push Marc-Andre Fleury for starts in 2014-15.
Still, Zatkoff represents at least a somewhat intriguing consideration for a team in need of backup help and/or insurance.
While teams passed on picking up high-pedigree project Jacob Markstrom, one must assume part of that hesitation came from his $1.2 million cap hit. Zatkoff, 27, only counts $600K against the cap and his deal runs through 2015-16, so he could present an affordable option for a team that might be willing to carry three goalies for some time.
He didn’t set the NHL on fire last season, but he went 12-6-2 with a respectable .912 save percentage and one shutout. He also generated a .920 save percentage in AHL work in both 2011-12 and 2012-13, so he’s had some solid success beyond playing for a strong Penguins team.
In case you’re wondering, the Kings drafted him in the third round (74th overall) in 2006. The Hockey News’ scouting report pumps up his resiliency and solid frame while showing concern about his glove hand and stamina.