John Vanbiesbrouck set what was the Philadelphia Flyers’ shutout streak record at 227 minutes and 40 seconds in 1999, but that run is now a thing of the past. Red-hot goalie Ilya Bryzgalov extended his streak to at least 228 minutes tonight in a game that is still going on against the New York Islanders.
Naturally, the focus then shifts to the modern NHL record. Oddly enough, a former Flyers goalie holds that mark, as Brian Boucher set it at 332 minutes and one second with the Phoenix Coyotes in 2004.
The Flyers are currently up 3-0 on the Islanders with a little more than a period to go. Breezy still has quite a ways to go to flirt with Boucher’s modern-day record, but let there be no doubt that Philly is ecstatic that he’s even in the conversation right now.
The Detroit Red Wings are almost always formidable at Joe Louis Arena, but in 2011-12, they’ve been historically tough. They earned their 15th consecutive home win with a 5-0 victory against the Buffalo Sabres, breaking a franchise record set in the days of Gordie Howe in 1965.
Detroit hit this historic mark the same way they began this run: beating a struggling team 5-0. They started the streak doing so with the Anaheim Ducks and continued it by chasing Ryan Miller early in the second period tonight. Oddly enough, this road defeat extends the Buffalo Sabres’ franchise record for consecutive away losses with nine.
With an 18-2-1 overall record in Detroit, the Red Wings have as much incentive as any team to secure one of the top three seeds. That won’t come easily, however, as their 11-13-0 away record explains why they’re looking up at the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues for first place in the Central Division.
Still, when a Detroit team sends a new mark for excellence, it’s a special thing – even if most Red Wings players will probably shrug it off.
Watch highlights of Detroit’s 15th win in a row at home below:
This video is no longer available. Click here to watch more NBC Sports videos!
History was going to be made in Montreal. If Montreal won, Carey Price would have notched his 100th NHL win. If Calgary prevailed, Miikka Kiprusoff would become the Flames all-time leader in wins for a goaltender. Either way, one of the goaltenders would have a night for the record books.
The kid can wait—tonight was all about the veteran.
Kiprusoff was the difference maker in the Flames’ 4-1 victory in Montreal. The Finnish netminder stopped 35 of the 36 shots he faced as he withstood a barrage of shots that lead Calgary to their first win of the year. The win was the 263rd with Calgary — his first 14 wins were with San Jose — moving him past Flames legend Mike Vernon for first on the all-time list. Of course, Vernon still has the edge on Kiprusoff in the all important Stanley Cup category.
It’s hard to believe the Flames acquired their franchise netminder eight years ago from the Sharks for a draft pick. Not a bad return for a 2nd rounder, eh? That first year with the Flames he cemented his place with the organization by posting an NHL record 1.69 goals against average that season and a stellar .933 save percentage en route to lead Calgary within a single game of the Stanley Cup. Kiprusoff knows things could have played out much differently if he was never traded to Calgary:
“I always believe everything happens for a reason. I had some tough times there in San Jose, but the Flames and Darryl wanted me here, they gave me a chance. It was great for me.”
Looking back, the move changed the fates for all parties involved. Kiprusoff was locked in a battle with Vesa Toskala for the right to be Evgeni Nabokov’s backup in San Jose. The Flames were looking for a decent netminder to challenge Roman Turek for the starting job between the pipes. Darryl Sutter made the trade and the rest is history.
Once again, Kiprusoff is going to carry a heavy workload as the Flames try to get back into the playoffs for the first time since 2009. Back-up Henrik Karlsson is supposed to get a few more starts this season to give the Finnish workhorse a break this season, but the fact remains that Kiprusoff has played 70+ games in each of the last five seasons. Even if he gets some much needed rest, he still could end up playing in 65+ games. As usual, the Flames playoff chances will rest on Kipper’s ability to hold it together in the net this season.
Either way, he’ll have ample opportunity to add to his franchise wins record, right?
The name Miikka Kiprusoff doesn’t resonate with hockey fans like it once did. The workhorse goalie has been plugging along with the Calgary Flames regardless and that consistency could help him become the team’s all-time leader in wins today, according to Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald.
Kipper would hit the 263 regular season wins mark if the Flames beat the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday. Mike Vernon is currently the team’s leader in wins. I’m always a little reluctant to praise a goalie for hitting a wins total if their losses/other numbers aren’t taken into account, but Kiprusoff has a nice 262-157-55 record in regular season games during his Flames career.
Striving for this milestone might provide an extra incentive for a Calgary club that hopes to avoid the distinction of being the last NHL team without a point this season. We’ll see if the Flames can pull that off tonight, but Kipper should be the Flames’ wins leader in the near future.
(H/T to Rotoworld.)