Third Career Game? Just Set An NHL Record: Zach Fucale Sets NHL Record Shutout Streak To Begin Career

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As if a shutout in his first NHL game and a new franchise record in his third contest, Washington Capitals goaltender Zach Fucale made NHL history in just his third NHL appearance against the Minnesota Wild on January 8, 2022.

After setting the Capitals’ franchise record by extending his shutout streak through the first few minutes of play, the former second-round pick of the Montreal Canadiens (in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft) surpassed goaltender Matt Hackett (then a member of the Wild) to take hold of the longest shutout streak to begin an NHL career.

Fucale entered the Capitals’ 5-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Friday in relief of starter Ilya Samsonov and got the nod against Minnesota from Head Coach Peter Laviolette.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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