The Chicago Blackhawks, Minnesota Wild and Dallas Stars were all winners last night, and neither Corey Crawford, Darcy Kuemper nor Kari Lehtonen surrendered a goal against in 93 shots against. The probability of that happening on the same night by those three netminders? A minuscule 0.08 percent, or about 1,500-to-1 odds.
When is the last time that 3 playoff games were shutouts on the same night? pic.twitter.com/Z6qDH9R4B8
— Hockey Broad (@HockeyBroad) April 22, 2014
Three playoff teams registered a shutout on the same day on three previous occasions in the salary-cap era:
April 23, 2009:
Anaheim Ducks netminder Jonas Hiller saved all 31 shots he faced by the San Jose Sharks.
Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils made all 44 saves against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Philadelphia’s Martin Biron stopped 28 shots by the Pittsburgh Penguins.
April, 22, 2010:
Philadelphia did it again, this time behind Brian Boucher’s 28-save performance over the New Jersey Devils.
Antti Niemi would post two shutouts for the 2010 Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, this one against the Nashville Predators after stopping all 33 shots against.
Evgeni Nabokov would outlast both Colorado netminders (Craig Anderson and Peter Budaj) in a 5-0 blowout victory that saw him make 28 saves.
May 4, 2013:
Los Angeles Kings would squeak out a 1-0 victory with Jonathan Quick in net (30 saves) over the St. Louis Blues
Jonas Hiller woudl keep Detroit at bay and preserve a 4-0 victory for Anaheim with 23 saves.
Washington goaltender Braden Holtby would win the war of attrition against Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers after stopping 24 shots in a 1-0 victory.