Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Curtis Joseph captured his 438th career victory on Thursday night to pass Hall of Famer Jacques Plante into 5th place on the NHL's all-time wins list. Joseph made 29 saves in a 2-0 shutout win over the defending Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes at RBC Center in surpassing Plante as the Coyotes extended their current winning streak to four games.
The win marked Joseph's second consecutive shutout. The 39-year-old made 40 saves in an 8-0 win over the San Jose Sharks at Jobing.com Arena on Saturday - a victory that tied Joseph with Plante on the all-time list.
Joseph ranks 3rd in wins among active goaltenders, trailing only New Jersey's Martin Brodeur with 469 career victories and Florida's Ed Belfour with 466 wins. Joseph also ranks 4th among active goaltenders and 22nd all-time with 49 career shutout.
In his second season with Phoenix, Joseph earned his 42nd victory as a Coyote tonight. The Keswick, Ontario native began his career with the St. Louis Blues (1990-1995) with whom he collected 137 wins over six seasons. Joseph went on to record 76 wins with the Edmonton Oilers from 1996-1998, 133 wins with the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1998-2002 and 50 wins with the Detroit Red Wings from 2002-2004.
Joseph's career record during his 17 NHL seasons is 438-324-90-3.
Joseph made his NHL debut for St. Louis on Jan. 2, 1990 versus Edmonton and recorded his first career victory on Jan. 30, 1990 against the New York Islanders.