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Today in Hockey History: Patrick Roy Becomes the 1st Goalie in the NHL to Record 20 Playoff Shutouts

April 23, 2002: Patrick Roy updated the NHL record books stopping all 32 shots against in game 4 of the 2002 Western Conference Quarter-finals to register his 20th career playoff shutout, becoming the first goalie in NHL history to hit the mark.

Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2006, Patrick Roy is arguably the greatest 3rd round steal in NHL draft history, being selected 51st overall in the 1984 NHL entry draft.

He brilliantly showcased his fierce competitiveness and athleticism his rookie season, taking over the starting position in time for the playoffs and never looked back.

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Roy recorded a .923 save percentage, 1.93 goals-against average, and 15 wins en route to winning the Conn Smythe Trophy and Stanley Cup in the 1986 NHL playoffs.

And Roy wasn’t just entertaining NHL fans by stopping pucks.

He’s known to drop the mitts from time to time…

And who could forget the time he and Jeremy Roenick exchanged chirps in the 1996 Western Conference Finals and Roy said, “I can’t really hear what Jeremy says, because I got my two Stanley Cup rings plugged in my ears.” 😂 😂

Although Patrick Roy was the first goalie to record 20 career playoff shutouts, he’s since been surpassed by fellow French-Canadian goaltender Martin Brodeur as the NHL’s all-time playoff shutout leader with 24.

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While records are meant to be broken, nothing can take away Patrick Roy’s 6 All-Star selections, 5 Jennings Trophies, 3 Vezina Trophies, 3 Conn Smythe Trophies, and 4 Stanley Cups.

Patrick Roy will forever be remembered as one of the greatest NHL goalies of all time!

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