“I Can’t Dream It Better To Be Honest”: Zach Fucale Reflects On First Career NHL Start And Shutout Victory Over The Red Wings

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Washington Capitals netminder Zach Fucale stopped all 21 shots faced in his NHL debut Thursday night against the Red Wings. He became the first goaltender in Capitals’ franchise history to record a shutout in their NHL debut. For the 26 year-old rookie, the night is almost hard to believe.

Fucale, who has played for nine different minor league teams across the ECHL and AHL since 2015-16, made his debut eight years after being selected by the Canadiens in the 2013 NHL Draft (36th overall). He struggled to find the words to describe his emotions when he was interviewed by NBC Sports Washington after the game.

Fucale became the third goaltender in Capitals franchise history to make his NHL debut at the age of 26 or older, joining Martin Brochu (26 in 1998-99) and Michael Rosati (30 in 1998-99). He is also the seventh goaltender in NHL history aged 26 or older to earn a shutout in their NHL debut.

In addition, Fucale became just the 10th NHL goaltender since the 1995-1996 season to post a shutout in their NHL debut.

Capitals bench boss Peter Laviolette was asked about Fucale’s outing after the game. “You always have roads and paths you can take in life and his road was long. He stayed on the right road and he gets the starting game tonight and get rewarded with a big win. It’s pretty awesome.” Fucale met with the media following the game.

The Capitals are right back in action tonight when they visit the Blue Jackets in Columbus. Puck drop is set for 7:00 PM.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Civil Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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1 Response to “I Can’t Dream It Better To Be Honest”: Zach Fucale Reflects On First Career NHL Start And Shutout Victory Over The Red Wings

  1. steven says:

    Great game by the rookie! Would like to see them keep him around awhile. Seems that all the rookies are doing good so far! Says, at least to me, that good things are ahead!

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