On Sunday, it was Tuukka Rask at 76 games and Pekka Rinne at 89 games. Yesterday, it was Henrik Lundqvist at 129 games.
Now Rask, Rinne, and Lundqvist’s streaks for consecutive playoff starts with one team are over, who are the league’s active leaders?
Funny enough, one-two is a former one-two: Jonathan Quick is at 85 consecutive playoff starts for the Los Angeles Kings from 2010 to 2018, and his back-up from 2013-15, Martin Jones, follows at 60 for the San Jose Sharks from 2016 to 2019.
It’s a significant achievement. It’s also a fair question to wonder how long Quick and Jones’s streaks will last.
Quick and Jones share the worst combined Save % in the NHL over the last two years (.896). Neither of their teams are exactly post-season shoo-ins in the near future. Cal Petersen, Quick’s heir apparent, has arrived in Los Angeles.
They’re also a long way from the all-time NHL record for consecutive playoff starts with one team. Martin Brodeur is king at 194 games for New Jersey from 1994 to 2012, Patrick Roy trails at 133 for Colorado from 1996 to 2003, then it’s Lundqvist.
But as Lundqvist, Rinne, and Rask’s streaks have ended, it’s worth recognizing the durability and skill displayed by them, and by the goalies who top the charts now.
After Quick and Jones, Corey Crawford is a distant third at 30 for Chicago from 2015 to now.
If nothing else, this proves how hard it is to find stability in goal.
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