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LaBarbera Sets AHL Shutout Record

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

HARTFORD, CT. -- Hartford Wolf Pack goaltender Jason LaBarbera snapped a 61-year-old American Hockey League record on Friday by posting his 10th shutout of the season in a 4-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phantoms at the Civic Center.

LaBarbera stopped 12 shots in the first period, turned aside seven in the second and made 14 saves in the final stanza to break a record first established by the Buffalo Bisons' Gordon Bell during the 1942-43 season.

With his league-leading 20th victory, the 24-year-old has not allowed a goal in his last 173:27, including a 29-save shutout of the Springfield Falcons on February 7, and has recorded four shutouts over his last nine starts.

The Burnaby, British Columbia native was also second in the AHL with a 1.49 goals against average and third overall with a .936 save percentage through Friday's record-setting performance.

LaBarbera was New York's third round draft choice, 66th overall, in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

The Wolf Pack has now posted 12 shutouts on the season, one shy of the AHL record of 13, set by the Syracuse Crunch in 2001-2002.

At 28-16-8-1, Hartford currently sits atop the Atlantic Division with 65 points.
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