February 03, 2011
History Made In Pittsburgh Last Night
Such was the case last night in Pittsburgh as both Brent Johnson and Marc Andre Fleury contributed to a 3-0 win over the New York Islanders.
Well, Fleury barely contributed. He played the final 16.5 seconds, facing no shots. Brent Johnson played the first 59:19 of the game, only to be ejected from the game in the dying seconds for fighting with Islanders goalie Rick Dipietro. Johnson, the grandson of Hockey Hall of Famer Sid Abel, landed a one punch knock out decision over his counterpart.
According to the Islanders' ace statistician Eric Hornick, Johnson made history last night by becoming the goalie to have played the most minutes in a shutout only to lose credit for the SO because he had to leave the game. The record was previously held by Ron Low, who left a 4-0 game with 24 seconds left on December 29, 1972. Jacques Plante replaced Low and secured the Leafs 4-0 win over Pittsburgh.
Be sure to check out Hornick's blog Forever 1940.
Also last night, in Detroit: Johan Franzen scored five goals for the Red Wings in their 7-5 win at Ottawa. He becomes the third player in Red Wings history to score five or more goals in one game and the first to do so on the road.
Syd Howe (no relation to Gordie) actually scored six goals in a game against the Rangers at Olympia Stadium on Feb. 3, 1944.
Sergei Fedorov scored all five Red Wings goals in the team's 5-4 overtime win against the Capitals at Joe Louis Arena on Dec. 26, 1996.