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Zach Fucale sets NHL record for longest shutout streak to start a career

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Zach Fucales First NHL start on November 11, 2021, against the Detroit Red Wings was a shutout. His next appearance, a 20-minute substitute appearance by Ilya Samsonov in the third period against the Blues on January 7th, was another blank space. Then he went out and tortured the Minnesota Wild for nearly three full periods, 59:36, the very next night in his second career start.

Fucales shutout streak from 138:07 to begin his NHL career has made some serious history in the process.

Fucale surpassed Matt Hackett from Minnesota (102: 48 from December 6, 2011 to December 8, 2011) and set the NHL record for the longest shutout streak at the start of a career. Fucale set the record in the first 3:43 of the second period against the Wild.

Here is the new list on NHL PR.

Did you know? If @ Fucale31 doesn’t allow a goal in the first 3:43 of the second period, he alone has the longest career-opening shutout sequence in NHL history. #NHLStats: https://t.co/FWP9g2CMhf pic .twitter.com / c0vmV0S8fG

– NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) January 9, 2022

Fucale was stunned to learn of his post-game performance.

“You just told me about it,” said Fucale. “That’s unbelievable. I didn’t know that. It’s wild.”

A few minutes into the first period, Fucale also set the Capitals franchise record for the longest shutout streak to begin her tenure on the team, beating Cristobal Huet’s record of 80:36. Huet was acquired by GM George McPhee during the 2007-08 trading deadline and helped Washington make its first playoff appearance during the Alex Ovechkin era.

Zach Fucale set the franchise record for the longest run without scoring a goal to begin her tenure on the team, beating Cristobal Huet’s mark of 80:36 in 2008.

– CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) January 9, 2022

Fucale stopped 48 shots in a row during his first three appearances in the NHL before he had to deliver a goal to the Mats Zuccarello of Wilds with 35 seconds remaining. He shutout for six consecutive periods.

“It’s a good quality night,” said Fucale.

Although he usually only gave up one goal, Fucale had to try to win the game for the Capitals in extra time and later on penalties after Carl Hagelin scored an own goal in the second period during a delayed penalty against the Wilden. The wild would win 3-2 in the shootout.

“I’m not with me on this (Zuccarello) goal,” said Fucale. “It’s a difficult goal for me. Just another little experience to learn from. “

Head Coach Peter Laviolette announces that Zach Fucale will face Minnesota tonight. # CapsWild pic.twitter.com/gjQ7xjvVVV

– Washington Capitals (@Capitals) January 8, 2022

Originally a 2013 second-round pick for the Montreal Canadiens, Fucale made his NHL debut for the Capitals this season after playing for 14 different teams over eight years.

Headline photo: @Capitals



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