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Originally drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in 2013, Washington Capitals goaltender Zachary Fucale’s NHL debut and first career start was about as perfect as one could ask, shutting out the Detroit Red Wings on November 11, 2021. On Saturday night against the Minnesota Wild, he made Capitals history to continue a solid start to his career.
Without allowing a goal in the opening minutes of the Caps’ game against the Wild, Fucale set a franchise record with the longest shutout streak to begin his Capitals’ career, a mark previously held by Cristobal Huet, who was acquired in a February 2008 trade from the Montreal Canadiens and played just 13 regular season games in a Capitals sweater.
Zach Fucale has set the franchise record for the longest streak without allowing a goal to start their tenure with the team, beating Cristobal Huet’s mark of 80:36 in 2008.
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) January 9, 2022
Re-signed in March 2021 to a two-year contract, Fucale followed up his outstanding NHL debut with 19:06 of shutout hockey in relief of Ilya Samsonov in the Caps’ 5-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues on January 8, 2022.
By Michael Fleetwood