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Thursday, February 03, 2011

NHL history in Pittsburgh last night

Back in 2004, Andreas Szabo published a piece for the SIHR journal on shared
A Stat That Slipped Through the Five Hole". A couple of weeks ago, I came
across that piece and used it to update my own records.

In reviewing the original work, it appears that last night, Brent Johnson set an
obscure NHL record. By getting tossed with 17 seconds to play for his fight
with Rick DiPietro, Johnson now becomes the player who has played the longest in
a shared shutout.

Johnson breaks the record of Ron Low, who was forced to leave a game with 24
seconds left on December 29, 1972. Jacques Plante replaced Low after Low was
"stunned by a shot" as the Leafs beat the Pens 4-0.

As I noted in The Skinny (http:///bit.ly/4evr1940) last night:

<<Johnson Loses Shutout
While he earned a "knockout", Brent Johnson lost out on his 15th career shutout
as both goalies were ejected. (Under NHL rules, a goaltender must play the

complete game to earn credit for a personal shutout.) He is the first goalie to
be ejected in the last minute of a potential shutout since JS Giguere was tossed

in a game between Anaheim and Calgary on December 8, 2001.

Shared Shutouts (Strange Stat of the Night)
This is the 4th shared shutout in Islander history (2 for and 2 against) and
the second time due to a goalie fight. The complete list:
· 11/1/77 Isles 9, Atlanta 0 Smith 51:25, Hogosta 8:35 (coach's
· 11/9/96 Devils 4, Isles 0 Brodeur 59:19, Dunham :41 (8:15 – 8:56 of
3rd period) (coach's decision)
· 4/4/98 Isles 3, Rangers 0 Salo 53:01, Flaherty 6:59 (goalie ejected)
· 2/2/11 Penguins 3, Isles 0 Johnson 59:43, Fleury :17 (goalie ejected)

Based on the SIHR research, I believe that Giguere and Johnson are the only
goalies in NHL history to share in a shutout in which they were ejected in the
final minute.

Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home
telecasts since 1982. Visit my blog: forever1940.blogspot.com and follow me on
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