On This Date in Chicago Blackhawks history,
On January 15, 1984 The Chicago Blackhawks took on the Pittsburgh Penguins at Chicago Stadium and for the fans that arrived that night they saw one last shutout in Tony Esposito’s career.
For most Blackhawks fans of that era shutouts and Tony Esposito go hand in hand. Esposito holds most of the Blackhawks goalie records which includes shutouts from his franchise record for most shutouts in a season (15) to most career franchise shutouts (74)
Some old school Blackhawks fans wish that Corey Crawford was more like Esposito night and night out but as great as Esposito was for an extended career in Chicago let’s make one thing clear and that in his biggest game, Esposito was unable to lock down a third period lead against the Montreal Canadiens and yet in Crawford’s biggest game of his career he kept the Boston Bruins at bay until the Blackhawks offense was able to string together the greatest 17 seconds of all-time in Blackhawks team history.
Esposito was great and he has eye popping career numbers to back up any claim that he wasn’t a hall of famer and have his number hanging from the rafters of the United Center, but he was never able to carry the Blackhawks to the promise land and a Stanley Cup in the 70’s and early 80’s.
Esposito’s career numbers were as follows:
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Esposito was great for a long time and on this night 31 years ago he completed one of his stastical categories with his final career shutout.
What are your memories of #35?
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