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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Today in Penguins History (3/3/1971)

1970-71 O-Pee-Chee Les Binkley (front)

On this day in 1971, Les Binkley became the all time leader in career shutouts for the Penguins, recording his 11th at home versus the Montreal Canadiens in a 4-0 win.  Keeping in mind the Penguins had only been in existence for a couple years doesn't make this seem like much of a feat...
 
1970-71 O-Pee-Chee Les Binkley (back)
However, that record would hold for another 26 years until October 14, 1997 when Tom Barrasso tied it.  At MSG, the Pens recorded a 1-0 win over the Rangers, giving Barrasso a tie for the record, only to go on to break it November 15th in a 5-0 stomping of the Maple Leafs in Toronto.

The back of the card reads...

"Les Binkley is a study of determination.  Many years in the minors didn't deter him.  He's on of the NHL's most durable goalies.  Wears contact lenses.  Easy going attitude.  Makes the most difficult saves look easy."
More like a dating app, isn't it?

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