On Saturday, Oct. 22, New Jersey Devils winger Taylor Hall put a wrist shot between the legs of Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk 29 seconds into overtime to lift the Devils to a 2-1 win.
With the way things have gone since, it could go down as a historical moment. It's beginning to look like it very well could be the last goal Dubnyk may ever allow.
Three games since: three straight goose eggs for the Minnesota Wild goaltender.
"I don't know if he can do it for 73 more games, but right now he's doing very well," Wild coach Bruce Boudreau told the Associated Press after Saturday night's 4-0 win over the Dallas Stars, the latest clean sheet during Dubnyk's impressive run.
With his third-consecutive shutout Saturday night, Dubnyk’s shutout streak sits at an even 180 minutes. According to Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, in Saturday's game, Dubnyk surpassed his personal-best shutout streak of 166 minutes and 49 seconds and topped the previous Wild record of 163 minutes and 46 seconds, which was owned by Dubnyk’s backup, Darcy Kuemper. Naturally, Dubnyk also became the first Wild goaltender to post three straight shutouts. During the streak, he has stopped 94 consecutive shots.
Through seven starts on the season, Dubnyk has improved to 5-1-1 and boasts a 1.43 goals-against average and .952 save percentage. This is the same guy that played in three different organizations in 2013-14 and spent the end of that season in the AHL. The 30-year-old joined Minnesota via trade the next season, finished that campaign as a Vezina Trophy finalist, then signed a six-year, $26 million contract to stick with the Wild long-term.
Of course, all good things must come to an end, but it will be interesting to see if Dubnyk can continue the hot streak and get anywhere near the modern era shutout streak record of 332 minutes and one second, established by Brian Boucher of the Phoenix Coyotes in 2003-04.