JENNIFER LAWRENCE/Associated Press Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender JussI Jokinens first full season in the NHL came to an end on Monday night against the New York Rangers when he left in the first period.
After an ugly game against the Nashville Predators, the Penguins were swept in a 4-1 shootout loss.
The 22-year-old Jokinensen had been in the lineup since being acquired by the Penguins in a trade last season.
He was sent to Nashville on a three-year contract for a fifth-round pick.
Jokinen said he feels great after his NHL debut, but added that he still has a lot to prove.
“I feel great, but I think it’s going to be a lot more mental and a lot of work to get my head around what I can do to improve myself,” Jokinonen said.
“It’s a long process, but at the same time, I think we’re going to get better.
We’re going do everything in our power to get back to the top.”
The Penguins went on to win their first two games against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
They are on a four-game homestand.
Jukka Saarela and Pascal Dupuis were the only Penguins with goals in the second period.