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Five straight shutouts for Coyotes goalie

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.

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.