December 1, 2023

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Streak without goals, start NHL career | Zachary Foucault set a new record

Streak without goals, start NHL career |  Zachary Foucault set a new record

(Saint Paul) Kevin Fiola and Frederick Goudrow hit the target in a shootout and Minnesota Wild’s reduced squad beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 on Saturday night.

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Rookie Zachary Foucault made 21 saves for the Capitals and set a new mark for the longest row without allowing the goal of starting the NHL career with 138 minutes and seven seconds. Mats Zuckerrell ended the series.

Capo Cahconen hit 29 shots and stopped two shots on goal for Wild. With 34.7 seconds left in regulation time, Zuccarello sent the game into overtime with a goal.

Wild would not have been in this scenario if the capitals had not scored on their own net. With a penalty delay against Wild, goaltender Foucault went to the bench in favor of the sixth forward. Capitals forward Carl Hagelin tried to pass in the offensive zone, but she slipped between her two teammates and straight into her own net.

Marcus Foligno became the last wild player to hit the puck with a goal. That’s his 100E Net in career.

Connor McMichael and Evgeny Kuznetsov hit the mark for capitals.

Due to COVID-19 and injuries the lineup typically had to go wild without the services of nine players. Kirill Kaprizov, Joel Eriksson Ek, Jonas Bradin and Jared Spurgeon are on the absentee list.

Foucault, the 2013 second-round pick by the Montreal Canadians, is at the start of his second career. He played a third period in the previous day’s game with the St. Louis Blues when he replaced Ilia Samsonov. He stopped 7 shots in his direction.

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He began his career on November 11 with a 21-save shutout against the Detroit Red Wings.

Foucault received the record three minutes after the start of the second period. He surpassed Matt Hackett and set the record on his own. In 2011, Hackett captured the fort at 102:48.

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