The Washington Capitals have brought goaltender Zach Fucale back to the show.
According to The Athletic’s Tarik El-Bashir, the recall was made due to the team heading into a home and away back-to-back against the Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres. Tarik also mentions that goaltending coach Scott Murray was put in COVID-19 protocol yesterday.
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In seven games this season with the Hershey Bears, Fucale is 4-1-2 with a 2.63 goals-against average and a .898-save percentage. Fucale was with the Caps in early November and posted a shutout victory over the Detroit Red Wings in his first career NHL start. It was the first time in franchise history that a goaltender pitched a shutout in their debut.
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Capitals Recall Goaltender Zach Fucale from Hershey
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have recalled goaltender Zach Fucale from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Fucale, 26, became the first goaltender in franchise history to record a shutout in his NHL debut when he stopped all 21 shots against the Detroit Red Wings on Nov. 11 at Little Caesars Arena. In seven games with the Bears this season, Fucale posted a record of 4-1-2 with a 2.63 goals-against average and a .898 save percentage.
During the 2020-21 season, the Laval, Quebec, native led the AHL in goals-against average (1.80) and ranked second in save percentage (.932), establishing career highs in both categories. The 6’2″, 189-pound goaltender played the most games (11) he has played at the AHL level since the 2017-18 season, posting a 9-2-0 record. Fucale’s nine wins were tied for eighth in the AHL, while his two losses were the fewest among goaltenders with at least 660 minutes played. Fucale and Pheonix Copley received the AHL’s Harry “Hap” Holmes Memorial Award, presented to the goaltenders on the team which allows the fewest goals per game in the regular season.
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