This past weekend against the New York Rangers, Marc-Andre Fleury earned his 23rd career shutout with the Pittsburgh Penguins. This shutout win enabled him to surpass Tom Barrasso’s franchise record of 22.
Barrasso recorded 22 shutouts in 12 seasons with the Penguins from 1988-89 through 1990-00. In his final season with Pittsburgh, prior to being traded to the Ottawa Senators for Ron Tugnutt and Janne Laukkanen, Barrasso only had one shutout. The most shutout wins he tallied in a single season was 7 in the 1997-98 season.
Fleury earned a record number of shutout wins in only 10 seasons from his first year on the Penguins NHL roster in 2003-04 through today. The shutout this past Saturday was his first for this season but with his being signed through 2014-15, there are at least two more seasons to add to that number. His very first shutout came during his rookie season on Oct. 30, 2003 against the Chicago Blackhawks under head coach Ed Olczyk and he’s had at least one in each of the following seasons since then. The most shutouts Fleury has had in a single season is five (in 2005-06).
It’s surprising that Fleury was able to reach this milestone in less time than Barrasso as it always seems that he falls just short of obtaining a shutout more times than not. Although, at this rate, Fleury could realistically reach 27 shutouts with the Penguins (at least) by the time he’s under a new contract.