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Elias: Zatkoff first Pens goalie to record a shutout in first NHL win

Nov 3, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT

Jeff Zatkoff, Robert Bortuzzo, RJ Umberger AP

Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Jeff Zatkoff made his first NHL win a memorable one with a 19-save shutout against the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-0.

Even better for him? He made team history by doing it that way.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, Zatkoff is first goaltender in Penguins history to record a shutout in his first NHL win. He’s also the first Penguins rookie to record a shutout since Marc-Andre Fleury did it in 2006.

Zatkoff inherited the backup job when Tomas Vokoun went out with a blood clotting issue in preseason. As Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review shared, Zatkoff was just trying to improve on what he failed to do against the New York Islanders last week – close down a game with a win.

“(Saturday) I just kept telling myself it’s about the process: minute by minute, shot by shot,” Zatkoff said. “I tried not to look at the clock, just make saves. I don’t think I looked up until that last timeout at about two minutes.

“It was a pretty long two minutes.”

  1. elmerbrownelmerbrown - Nov 3, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Thats pretty cool !!!

  2. joewilliesshnoz - Nov 3, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Nice job !

  3. lowenni - Nov 3, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    He still sucks.

    • c9castine - Nov 3, 2013 at 6:19 PM

      id say that remains to be seen, still, but he’s in the nhl playing for the 11-4 penguins. i don’t think he sucks.

  4. hockeyfan1701 - Nov 3, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    I am glad he got the win. Good for him, he should be proud. However he did not face very many shots. If the Pens want to go to deep into the playoffs he will not be the answer for a backup. They need a true NHL caliber goalie as flower’s backup. Someone who can even start if the the flower stumbles again.

  5. Stiller43 - Nov 3, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    An NHL proven backup is good, in theory…unfortunately they have no cap space to add someone competent.

    Only way i see it happens is if they move a D man or two.

    • dirt2013 - Nov 3, 2013 at 6:40 PM

      They better get more than a backup goalie if they start trading defensemen.

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