On October 19th, 1997, Penguins 2x Stanley Cup Champion goaltender Tom Barrasso became the first American-born goaltender to win 300 games, as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Florida Panthers, 4-1.
On his way to 300 victories, Barrasso had to wait for the last five wins for over 17 months as the goaltender battled injuries for nearly two full seasons. His career record improved to 300-220-64, giving him .513 lifetime winning percentage on that night.
Speaking on being one of only 14 goaltenders (at the time) to reach the 300 win mark, and the first American, Barrasso said, “It’s great company to be in. There are a lot of people responsible for it. I have to thank my mom and dad, and my wife and kids have been very supportive and given me motivation. Any goaltender wants to get 100 and then 200, and not many guys have won 300. Obviously, I’d like to keep adding to it and climb even higher on that list.”
After being acquired from Buffalo during the 1988-89 season, Tom Barrasso instantly became one of the most important and influential men on the ice and in the locker room for the Pens. Not only was he steady in net, Barrasso holds the record for assists and points by an NHL goaltender. When it came to playoff hockey, few were better. In fact, he won 14 straight playoff games over two seasons, including 10 straight in the 1992 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
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