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St. Louis has a weird goaltending history

Feb 13, 2012, 5:42 PM EDT

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Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch notes that, with a 3-0 shutout of San Jose on Sunday, Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak moved into second place on the franchise’s career shutout list.

/screeches tires

Whaa?

After some digging, it turns out this report is totally true. Even though three Hall of Fame goalies plied their trade in St. Louis (Glenn Hall, Jacques Plante and Grant Fuhr ) it’s Halak — who has been a Blue for exactly one year, seven months and 27 days — that just passed the immortal Roman Turek for the No. 2 spot.

Shocking? Well, not really when you consider what the future holds — four more shutouts and Halak becomes St. Louis’ all-time leader.

At the rate Halak is going, he could have the record by March. He has five shutouts in his last 10 games and boasts a 1.97 GAA (fourth in the NHL) with a .922 save percentage.

This tells you two things: 1) Halak is having a very good season and 2) The franchise’s all-time shutout leaders list is bizarre. Consider the top 10:

1. Glenn Hall– 16 
(A legend)

T-2. Jaroslav Halak — 13 
(Still feel like this happened too quickly)

T-2. Roman Turek — 13
(Along with Cechmanek, proved goalies named Roman aren’t trustworthy)

4. Brent Johnson — 12
(Now the backup in Pittsburgh)

5. Grant Fuhr — 11
(Was 33 when he went to St. Loo)

T-6. Mike Liut — 10
(Even though he leads the Blues in appearances, I refuse to acknowledge him as anything other than a Whaler)

T-6. Manny Legace — 10
(Just had a “Oh wow, he was their starter for a while!” flashback)

T- 6. Jacques Plante — 10
(Won a Vezina, got traded to Toronto, made the All-Star team. Good trade, St. Loo.)

9. Greg Millen — 9
(Remember when he played for Quebec? Yeah, me neither)

10. Chris Mason — 8 
(No. 3 on Nashville’s list!)

Meanwhile, ol’ Curtis Joseph — who played 280 games for St. Louis, second-most of all time — sits in 14th, behind both Jamie McLennan and Ty Conklin.

Speaking of Joseph, he’ll likely soon be passed by Brian Elliott, who in 26 games has as many shutouts (five) as Joseph did from 1989-95.

In conclusion, St. Louis’ goaltending history is weird.

  1. pavelfitzgerald - Feb 13, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Incredibly weird. Facts I did not know, very cool article

  2. govtminion - Feb 13, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    My mind… eez blown.

    I don’t know if this says more about Halak kicking ass, or St. Louis just not having a history of top-flight talent in net. Probably more of column ‘A’ than ‘B’, I admit.

    (Roman Turek… wow, there’s a flashback.)

  3. sknut - Feb 13, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    I had a friend who was a huge Blues fan, and he loved Legace that he was the savior alas that was a short run.

  4. brian32556 - Feb 13, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    So when does 13 not equal 13??? When you are fourth on this list instead of tied for 2nd!!

  5. brockohol - Feb 13, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    saying tureks name in front of a blues fan still pisses us off. ruined the best blues season ever by sucking in first rd.

    Joseph played in the “everybody scored 30+ goals” days. I’m curious to see if the shutout numbers were drastically different then (80s-mid 90s)

  6. ottograham - Feb 14, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    I will never forget Johnsons glory years for St. Loo as he sits behind Flower in 2012. He is appreciated here in Pittsburgh, but hes not what he once was in the early part of the millenium for St. Louis no doubt about it.

  7. ramsfan1818 - Feb 14, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    The Blues are first in the NHL with the lowest shots against per game. That also helps our goaltenders get shutouts. Hitchcock was the best thing that happened to Halak & Elliott.

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