Robitaille ends run with power play goal

Updated: January 12, 2004, 6:34 PM ET
Associated Press

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Phoenix Coyotes goalie Brian Boucher's NHL-record shutout streak ended Sunday night when the Atlanta Thrashers scored a power-play goal 6:16 into the game.

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.


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