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Penguins’ back-up goalie Zatkoff: ‘I have to be better’

Oct 11, 2013, 11:30 PM EDT

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Jeff Zatkoff’s National Hockey League debut didn’t go as he had probably hoped.

Zatkoff, the Pittsburgh Penguins’ back-up goalie, made his first NHL start Friday against the Florida Panthers, but allowed six goals on 30 shots.

The Penguins lost to the previously struggling Panthers by a final score of 6-3.

“…not the way I planned for it to go. I need to make a few more saves in critical times in the game…I have to be better,” Zatkoff said afterward, as per the Penguins’ Twitter account.

The loss is the first of the season for Pittsburgh. Marc-Andre Fleury had been victorious in each of the Penguins’ last three games, posting a 1.00 goals-against average.

However, after three straight starts for Fleury, the Penguins went to Zatkoff for the first of this quick two-game excursion through Florida.

The Penguins are in Tampa Bay to play the Lightning on Saturday.

  1. stakex - Oct 11, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    Pens fans better hope Fleury doesn’t come crashing back down to earth…. because Zatkoff doesn’t look quite ready to play big minutes in the NHL.

    • claudegirwho - Oct 12, 2013 at 12:12 AM

      Just amazing that you can tell from that sample size. Which team do you work for as a scout?

    • curioustraveler13 - Oct 12, 2013 at 12:44 AM

      He almost looked as bad as lundqvist this year. Pens had a real bad game. Good thing they play again tomorrow. Best news is there wasn’t any injuries. Also looks like they won’t be going 82-0 this year.

  2. pitpenguinsrulez - Oct 12, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    @Stakex is a professional. Didn’t you know that he’s professional clueless toolbag on here who just rambles on with pure garbage

  3. kicksave1980 - Oct 12, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Hate to see anyone have a debut game like that. Guys dream their entire lives about that moment. As a goalie it’s even worse, because the mental aspect is so important to the position. You don’t get to that level without a fairly strong mental makeup, so I’m sure he’ll be fine. But even as someone who doesn’t care about the Pens either way, I feel bad for the guy.

  4. steelers88 - Oct 12, 2013 at 7:47 AM

    I know it was his first game and all but I think the Penguins are looking around for backup goalies. I know it was obviously his first game and all but he looked shaky whenever the Panthers had the puck. I was pleasantly surprised if he did make a save last night. I know it isn’t his fault that he was nervous last night it was his first start. I would give him a few more chances to prove himself that he is a NHL goalie.

  5. sportsfan69 - Oct 12, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    Are you sure it wasn’t Lundqvist in goal? The King of fashion,cars, and guitar playing. Certainly, not a King in the goal net.

  6. hockey412 - Oct 12, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Left out to dry a number of times from mid-second period on. I would put the blame on him for only 2 of those goals.

  7. jacketsfan7 - Oct 12, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    6 goals against the panthers
    I don’t care who you are
    That’s terrible

    • jpelle82 - Oct 12, 2013 at 4:54 PM

      did you watch the game? the pens didnt help him out too much, especially in the penalty department, i think 3 of them were pp goals and the panthers had a lot of sustained pressure in the penguins zone especially in the 2nd period…it was the worst period they played all year.

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