On This Day: Sawchuk Records Sixth Career Shutout

On This Day: Terry Sawchuk Records Sixth Career Shutout

By James Jackson

January 4, 2019

The Detroit Red Wings were the dominant team in the 1950-1951 NHL season. Playing with NHL greats such as Ted Lindsay and Gordie Howe, Terry Sawchuk would soon join them as legends of the game.

Making his debut in the 1949-1950 season, Sawchuk wouldn’t play a full season until the 1950-1951 season. Sawchuk was handed the task of being the rookie Goaltender for the Red Wings. Sawchuk found success early in his career, recording his sixth career shutout on January 4, 1951. Sawchuk’s Red Wings beat the Black Hawks of Chicago, 1-0 at the Olympia in Detroit.

The Red Wings would be the best team of the original six during the 1950-1951 regular season, however they would fall to the Montreal Canadiens in the first round. Sawchuk and the Red Wings would get their revenge eventually, sweeping the Canadiens in the Stanley Cup finals the following season.

Sawchuk would go on to win the Stanley Cup an impressive four times, win the Calder Cup for the 1950-1951 season, be a seven time All-Star and a four time Vezina trophy winner. Sawchuk would go on to play 971 games and have a 445-336-171 record. With a stellar 103 shutouts and a .907 SV%, Sawchuk would be inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1971.

SOURCES: Hockey-Reference
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