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Doubled up - 12-31-09

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Martin Brodeur's (above, stopping Ruslan Fedotenko) second shutout of the season against a team as offensively talented as the Penguins was impressive. But it's hardly unprecedented. At least compared to the early years of the Penguins.

It marked the second time in Brodeur's career he put up a goose egg against the Penguins twice in a regular season. And with two more games against the Penguins, he has a chance to match former Kings goaltender Rogie Vachon as the only goaltender to shut out the Penguins three times in a season. Heck, the way he's going, he could pass Vochon.

Anyway, here's the list of goaltenders who have blanked the Penguins two or more times in a single regular season:

Season Player, Team Dates Scores
2009-10 Martin Brodeur Devils Dec. 21
Dec. 30
4-0
2-0
2006-07 Martin Brodeur, Devils Dec. 26
Feb. 27
3-0
1-0
2002-03 Robert Luongo, Panthers Jan. 18
Feb. 6
3-0
6-0
2001-02 Jose Theodore, Canadiens Feb. 7
April 1
1-0
3-0
1997-98 Andy Moog, Canadiens Oct. 8
Feb. 27
3-0
1-0
1974-75 Rogie Vachon, Kings Oct. 28
Nov. 23
March 22
2-0
0-0
4-0

Bernie Parent, Flyers Oct. 27
Nov. 4
6-0
7-0
1973-74 Bernie Parent, Flyers Dec. 22
March 13
4-0
6-0

Rogie Vachon, Kings Jan. 16
Jan. 26
2-0
2-0
1971-72 Cesare Maniago, North Stars 10-28
2-20
2-0
2-0
1970-71 Cesare Maniago, North Stars Dec. 12
March 13
1-0
0-0

Ed Giacomin, Rangers Feb. 20
Feb. 27
1-0
4-0
1969-70 Gerry Cheevers, Bruins Oct. 19
Feb. 14
4-0
3-0

Tony Esposito, Blackhawks Dec. 27
Jan. 14
3-0
5-0

Ernie Wakely, Blues Nov. 13
Jan. 3
4-0
6-0

Bruce Gamble, Maple Leafs Dec. 6
Jan. 17
5-0
4-0

Ed Giacomin, Rangers March 8
March 18
0-0
2-0

-Despite getting shutout a franchise record 14 times in 1969-70, the Penguins managed to get to the playoffs that spring and even swept the Oakland Seals in the first round.

-How odd to 0-0 ties look nowadays with the shootout?

In terms of career leaders, Brodeur is second to another notable Penguins rival, Bernie Parent:

Player, Teams Shutouts
Bernie Parent, Flyers/Maple Leafs 10
Martin Brodeur, Devils 7
Ed Giacomin, Rangers 7
Rogie Vachon, Kings 7
Tony Esposito, Blackhawks 5
Bruce Gamble, Maple Leafs, Flyers 5
Cesare Maniago, North Stars 5
Roberto Luongo, Panthers 4
Gerry Cheevers, Bruins 3
Gerry Desjardins, Kings/Sabres 3
Pete Peeters, Flyers/Capitals 3
Jose Theodore, Canadiens 3
Ernie Wakely, Blues 3

-Players are only listed with the teams for which they recorded shutouts against the Penguins.

-Cesare Maniago might be the greatest hockey name ever.

(Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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