Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry knew that his shutout streak wouldn't last forever. Every beginning must have an end.
But by the time Jarry's streak did end - at 177:15 minutes - it ended with his name in the record books.
Jarry's shutout sequence is a new franchise record for Pittsburgh - besting Tomas Vokoun's 173:06-minute streak from March 22 to April 2, 2013. Tomas Tatar's power-play goal at 12:24 in the second period ended the historic stretch as the Penguins fell to Montreal, 4-1, Tuesday night at PPG Paints Arena.
Despite the loss, it's still important to take a step back and appreciate Jarry's sequence of success. The 24-year-old netminder stopped 82-consecutive shots during the streak that stretched over parts of four games and included two, back-to-back shutouts.
"It's pretty cool," Jarry said of setting the record. "It's never something you think of. It would have been nice to have the win to go along with it, but we'll try again."
Jarry was named the NHL's second star last week after posting a perfect 120 minutes of play (against defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis and Arizona) in back-to-back shutouts, the first for the Penguins since Marc-Andre Fleury accomplished the feat on Feb. 4 and 6 in 2015.
Still, Jarry has surrendered two or fewer goals in nine of his 12 appearances this season, and his goals-against average (1.92) and save percentage (.943) both ranked No. 1 in the entire National Hockey League (prior to the conclusion of the entire evening's games).