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Curtis Joseph has spent the last few years of his life not just winning hockey games, but placing his name in the record books. Last Thursday's victory over the Carolina Hurricanes was "Cujo's" 438th of his National Hockey League career, placing him in sole possession of fifth all time on the NHL wins list, passing legendary goaltender Jacques Plante. Joseph may not stay there for long as fourth place is well within reach, just nine wins away.
Joseph is in the top five on four different goaltending categories, as he is currently third on the NHL's Active wins list, fourth in shutouts among active goaltenders and third all-time with 16 playoff shutouts. He is also 22nd all-time with 49 career shutouts.
He began his career with the St. Louis Blues on Jan. 2, 1990 versus the Edmonton Oilers and earned his first career win on Jan. 30, 1990 against the New York Islanders. Since then, Cujo has made a name for himself as one of the elite goaltenders in the NHL.
Joseph's career record during his 17 NHL seasons is 439-324-90-3 and counting.
"It's a great honor certainly to be in that company with Jacques Plante and Terry Sawchuck," said Joseph. "Just to be mentioned with those two guys, the greatest goalies to ever play the game, it's a great honor."
In Curtis Joseph's career, he has been extremely successful against many teams but he has owned one team in particular, the San Jose Sharks. A 34-9-1 against the sharks including his last two, a 3-2 win followed by an 8-0 shutout.
"Cujo" is expected to start on Saturday when the Sharks visit jobing.com arena. The Coyotes may have a chance on Saturday to move up the ladder into the 8th spot in the Western Conference while he moves up in the record books, closing the gap between himself and Sawchuck for forth on the NHL's all-time wins list.
Joseph thinks that just being mentioned in the same sentence as Plante and Sawchuck is a great honor but doesn't necessarily give himself credit.
"If you stick around long enough good things will happen," said "Cujo".
Joseph's been around for a while; for the Coyotes, good things are happening.