Joonas Korpisalo Sets Modern NHL Record For Most Saves In a Game with 85

By Colin Hass-Hill on August 11, 2020 at 8:16 pm
Joonas Korpisalo
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As the longest game in NHL history continues, records are shattering.

In double-overtime of Tuesday's first-round game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Joonas Korpisalo set the new Columbus Blue Jackets' mark for most saves in a single game, and in quadruple-overtime, he broke the modern NHL record of most saves in a single game. It's the most in a game by any goaltender in NHL history, whether in the regular season or playoffs.

Korpisalo recorded his 74th save early in the fourth overtime, which is the most of any goaltender in the modern era – which spans from those who debuted in 1956 until today. He would finish the game, a 3-2 five-overtime loss, with 85 saves.

Kelly Hrudey previously held the record with 73 goals versus the Washington Capitals in a 3-2 overtime victory on April, 18, 1987. Five others recorded 70-save playoff games. Only one goalie – Ron Tugnutt of the Quebec Nordiques with 70 saves on March 21, 1991 – has ever saved more than 65 shots in a regular-season game.

A first-year starter in his fifth postseason start of all-time, Korpisalo is keeping Columbus in Tuesday's game. The matchup is knotted at two goals apiece.