Five straight shutouts for Coyotes goalie

Updated: January 9, 2004, 10:25 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Phoenix Coyotes goalie Brian Boucher broke the record for the longest shutout streak in modern NHL history, extending his string to more than five hours Friday night.

Top 10 NHL Shutout Streaks
Length Goalie Dates
325:45 Brian Boucher
Phoenix
12/27/03-present
309:21 Bill Durnan
Montreal
2/24-3/9/49
245:33 Turk Broda
Toronto
10/15-10/29/50
237:07 J.S. Giguere
Anaheim
12/6-12/18/02
227:40 John Vanbiesbrouck
Philadelphia
10/17-10/26/99
221:58 Martin Biron
Buffalo
1/11-1/25/03
219:26 Ed Belfour
Dallas
11/15-11/29/00
219:21 Trevor Kidd
Calgary
3/31-4/8/98
218:42 John Vanbiesbrouck
Philadelphia
1/3-1/16/99
217:38 Jim Rutherford
Detroit
12/20/75-1/10/76

Once the first 3 minutes, 37 seconds of the third period elapsed against Minnesota, Boucher passed Bill Durnan's mark of 309:21 -- set in 1949 with Montreal.

Boucher's streak now stands at 325:45 after he also recorded a record fifth consecutive shutout in a 2-0 victory over the Wild. The Coyotes host Atlanta on Sunday.

Boucher, who stopped 21 shots and has 130 saves over his last five games, was given a hearty cheer after the game by the Minnesota crowd.

A third-stringer when the season began, Boucher was left unprotected in the waiver draft and didn't move up the Coyotes' depth chart until Zac Bierk injured his groin in November. Sean Burke is still Phoenix's No. 1 goalie, at least in terms of games played.

It will be difficult for coach Bob Francis to sit Boucher anytime soon, though.

Boucher gave Burke a rest on Dec. 31, posting a shutout at home with 21 saves in a 4-0 victory over Los Angeles. He had 35 saves in a 6-0 win at Dallas last Friday, 26 in a 3-0 victory at Carolina on Sunday and 27 in a 3-0 win at Washington Wednesday.

The Wild had two power plays and seven shots on goal in the first period and then another power play plus eight shots in the second period.

Richard Park had four of the shots himself, including a one-timer midway through the second that ricocheted off Boucher's right leg. Replays showed Park turning around, wide-eyed in disbelief.

Phoenix hosts Atlanta on Sunday.

The NHL's modern era began after 1944, when the center red line was added. Alex Connell owns the overall NHL records of six straight shutouts and a 461:29 scoreless streak for Ottawa in 1927-28, when forward passing was not permitted in the attacking zone.


Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press

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