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Neuvirth Blanks Hawks, Joins Elite Flyers Club

Neuvirth Blanks Hawks, Joins Elite Flyers Club

Michal Neuvirth became just the second netminder in Philadelphia Flyers history to start his career with the team with two shut outs, after turning away all 30-shots in a 3-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks last night.

The 27-year old joined Philadelphia as an unrestricted free agent this summer, signing a 2-year, $3.25 million deal with the club, and made his season debut on Monday, when he backstopped the Flyers to a 1-0 win over the Florida Panthers.

Jeff Hackett was the first netminder to begin his Flyers career with back-to-back shut outs, blanking Buffalo and then San Jose in 2003.

Former Washington, Buffalo and New York Islanders stopper Neuvirth wasn’t expected to make his first start for the club on Monday, but was called in to action when Flyers #1 Steve Mason was allowed a leave of absence to attend to personal issues, and the Czech stoppers heroics have clearly impressed his new team mates.

Neuvirth’s best stop on Wednesday night came half way through the game, when Marian Hossa had a clear breakaway from the neutral zone. He shut him down, and stopped every other shot he faced on the way to picking up the shutout.

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After the game, Flyers captain Claude Giroux showed a lot of appreciation for their new goaltender:

Neuvirth’s current shutout streak now stands at 132 minutes and 5 seconds, still some way off Ilya Bryzgalov’s franchise record of 249 minutes and 43 set between March 8th and March 15th 2012.

Watch a full video of his save on Hossa below.

About The Author

Rob McGregor

A member of the InGoal Magazine family since 2014, Rob is also Media Manager for the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) in the UK and a former goaltender in Great Britain's third tier National League (NIHL).