Boucher broke the modern-day records for consecutive shutouts
and minutes without allowing a goal when he beat Minnesota 2-0 on
Friday. He posted five straight shutouts and finished with a streak
that lasted 332 minutes, 1 second.
There was considerable confusion as to who got the goal, with
NHL officials first awarding it to Ronald Petrovicky on a
deflection of Randy Robitaille's hard wrist shot. But before the
start of the third period, the ruling was changed and Robitaille
was given the goal, with the puck glancing off the chest of Phoenix
defenseman David Tanabe.
Boucher had no chance to react to the deflection.
The old records of 309:21 and four consecutive shutouts were set
by Montreal's Bill Durnan in 1949. The NHL's modern era began in
1943-44 with the addition of the center red line.
Phoenix fell 3:22 short of the modern-era team mark of
consecutive scoreless minutes of 309:37 set by Montreal in 1949.
A sold-out crowd at the Coyotes' new Glendale Arena gave Boucher
a long standing ovation, and the Phoenix bench emptied to
congratulate the goalie.