Curtis McElhinney records his 11th career shutout

Curtis McElhinney (Wikimedia Coomons)

Curtis McElhinney of London, Ontario recorded his 11th career National Hockey League shutout on Saturday. He made 30 saves as the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the San Jose Sharks 3-0 at the SAP Center in San Jose, California.

McElhinney made two saves in the first period, 18 saves in the second period and 10 saves in the third period. Timo Meier led the Sharks with six shots on goal.

The Lightning got goals from Steven Stamkos of Markham, Ontario, Nikita Kucherov and Ondrej Palat. Stamkos was the only player with a multi-point game as he had an assist for two points.

McElhinney is used in a backup role in Tampa Bay to Andrei Vasilevskiy. He has a record of six wins, six regulation losses and two losses in extra time. McElhinney has a goals against average of 2.88 and a save percentage of .909.

The shutout for McElhinney against the Sharks was a first for him in a Tampa Bay uniform. Of his 10 prior shutouts, four have been with the Toronto Maple Leafs, and two each with the Carolina Hurricanes, Anaheim Ducks and Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Lightning are in second place in the Atlantic Division with a record of 32 wins, 15 regulation losses and five losses in extra time for 69 points. They have five fewer points than the first place Boston Bruins.


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