The Washington Capitals earned a 2-0 win at Detroit Thursday. That’s not especially notable. What is interesting about that win is that Washington Capitals goaltender Zach Fucale earned a 21-save shutout win in his NHL debut.
Fucale was the first goaltender taken in the 2013 Draft, selected 36th by Montreal. That is the same draft that has yielded current NHL starters Juuse Saros, Tristan Jarry, and Cal Petersen.
Zach Fucale, now 26, starred for Team Canada at the 2015 World Juniors and was the last member of that team to make his NHL debut.
The last NHL goaltender to earn a shutout in his NHL debut was Garret Sparks, playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs, who had a 3-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers in November 2015.
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