The first 60 seconds of Wednesday night’s second period against the Bruins may have seemed to most like just another minute of hockey. For Carey Price, it marked yet another milestone in his already illustrious young career.
By the time those 60 seconds had expired, the Canadiens’ goaltender became only the fifth netminder in the history of the NHL to have logged 15,000 minutes of ice-time before blowing out the candles on his 25th birthday cake. Besides Price, only Harry Lumley, the legendary Terry Sawchuk, Tom Barrasso and ex-Habs goalie Jocelyn Thibault attained the plateau before the age of 25.
Price, who will only celebrate his 25th birthday on August 16th of this summer, will have a hard time rewriting the records books before reaching a quarter-century of age, seeing as Lumley had already played a staggering 25,000 minutes of NHL hockey by the same point in his life.
When Roman Hamrlik got the Habs on the board against the Thrashers on Tuesday night , he didn’t just snap his team’s scoreless streak of 199 minutes and 1 second ; he also broke the hearts of Blackhawks fans everywhere. Thanks to Hammer, Chicago’s 82-year-old record for the longest goal drought is still standing.
After posting a 1-0 win over Detroit on February 5, 1929, the Blackhawks’ offense hit the snooze button for almost a month straight. For eight consecutive games, between February 7 and February 28 that season, Chicago was shutout by their opponents, giving them the dubious distinction for the longest pointless streak in North American professional sports history. The Blackhawks did eventually put an end to the streak, but they weren’t exactly putting on a goal scoring clinic during the remainder of the campaign, shutout 20 times that season and ending the year with just 33 goals in 44 games.
If you were under the impression that Carey Price’s save on Dennis Wideman at 17:06 of the second period of Saturday night’s game was nothing more than a routine stop, you’d be wrong. With his save on the Capitals’ defenseman, Price moved ahead of José Théodore in the Canadiens record books by making his 1837th save of 2010-11.
Here are the top 5 performances by a goaltender in that category since the statistic was introduced in 1976-77.
|Goaltenders (season)||Shots against|
|Carey Price (2010-11)
|José Théodore ( 2001-02)
|Patrick Roy (1993-94)
|José Théodore (2003-04)
|Jocelyn Thibault (1996-97)