Blackburn the Third Youngest to Record an NHL Shutout
/ New York Rangers
Dan Blackburn had been close before. Almost exactly one year ago to the date, November 17 to be exact, Blackburn held the Penguins scoreless through 60 minutes of play, only to have Jan Hrdina foil his shutout bid with 19 seconds remaining in OT.
On Thursday, Blackburn turned in his most impressive outing of the season to become the third youngest NHL goaltender to ever record a shutout (19 years, 171 days), turning aside 26 shots in a 1-0 OT win over the Calgary Flames. The game was Blackburn's first-ever appearance vs. Calgary.
"It's how everyone dreams their first shutout will come," said a grinning Blackburn. "It's no fun if it's in a blowout."
Rangers head coach Bryan Trottier was pleased with the 19-year old's performance. "Blackie deserved a shutout tonight and I thought he was outstanding," he noted after the win. "He looked real sharp and followed the puck real well through crowds and rebounds. I was real happy for him."
YOUNGEST PLAYERS TO RECORD A SHUTOUT IN NHL HISTORY: 1. Harry Lumley, Detroit – 18 years, 65 days (1944-45) 2. Tom Barrasso, Buffalo – 18 years, 293 days (1983-84) 3. Dan Blackburn, Rangers – 19 years, 171 days (2002-03) 4. Bill Ranford, Boston – 19 years, 316 days (1986-87)