Wednesday, December 09, 2009

The record they thought that would never be broken

Terry Sawchuk's 103rd and final shutout came with the Rangers, a 6-0 blanking of the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden in 1970. He died shortly after that. At the time it was believed that the record would never be broken. It was like Hank Aaron's home run record. So when Martin Brodeur passes Sawchuk later this season, the same thing will likely be said. No one will touch the new shutout record.

Well it might take another 39 years or maybe longer. Because if you look at the career shutout leaders, they are all oldtimers. Even the great Patrick Roy had only 66. No active contemporary of Brodeur is even close. The active leader is Chris Osgood with 51 and he is older than Brodeur. If Brodeur plays another 3 seasons the record will be that much more unreachable.