Former Bulldog Goalkeeper's Record Tied

May 14, 2003

SPOKANE, Wash. - Anaheim Mighty Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere equaled a National Hockey League playoff record Wednesday for shutouts to open a playoff series set by former Gonzaga University goaltender Frank McCool when he was with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Giguere and his Mighty Ducks blanked the Minnesota Wild 4-0 to give the goalie three straight shutouts to open the Western Conference finals series the Mighty Ducks now lead 3-0. McCool posted three straight shutouts against the Detroit Red Wings to open the 1945 Stanley Cup Finals, the first NHL goaltender to record three straight shutouts to open a series. His three straight shutouts in the finals is still a record.

The only other goaltenders to record three straight shutuouts in the NHL playoffs (but not the first three games of a series) are Brent Johnson of the St. Louis Blues last season, Clint Benedict of the 1926 Montreal Maroons and John Ross Roach of the 1929 New York Rangers.

Inducted into the Gonzaga University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995, McCool played all 50 regular-season games for the Maple Leafs during the 1944-45 season, led the NHL with four shutouts and won the Calder Cup as the NHL Rookie of the Year. He registered four more playoff shutouts in helping the Leafs to the Stanley Cup.

Nicknamed "Ulcers" because he drank ulcer medication during games, McCool retired from the NHL after his one pro season because of his medcial condition and returned to Calgary, Alberta. The Maple Leafs' regular goalie Walter (Turk) Broda was also set to return to the team after missing the 1944-45 season because of military service.

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