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NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Minnesota



(Friday, January 9th)

Final Score: Phoenix 2, Minnesota 0

St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Brian Boucher did it again, setting a pair of modern-day NHL records with his fifth-straight shutout, as the Phoenix Coyotes cruised to a 2-0 victory over Minnesota at the Xcel Energy Center.

Boucher made 21 saves to become the first goaltender to post five straight shutouts since the league introduced the center red line in 1944, snapping Bill Durnan's mark of four consecutive shutouts with the Montreal Canadiens in 1949.

Boucher's shutout streak now stands at 325:45, surpassing the modern-day record of 309:21 set by Durnan during that same stretch.

"It'll end at some point," Boucher said. "I'm not going into games thinking about shutouts. Winning is the most important thing."

The five-game streak has been a blessing for the Coyotes, who vaulted over Los Angeles and Dallas for sole possession of second place in the Western Conference's Pacific Division. They now have 45 points, second only to San Jose's 49.

"You almost lose the fact that you have to win," said Coyotes head coach Bob Francis. "Lost in all of this is that we're becoming a pretty good team and we're learning what it takes."

Of course, to win, Phoenix still needs a little offense. Ossi Vaananen and Fredrik Sjostrom took care of that against Minnesota, bringing to 18-0 the score by which the Coyotes have beaten their last five opponents.

Wild goaltender Dwayne Roloson was backstopping a shutout of his own until Vaananen scored after a faceoff with just 15 seconds remaining in the second period.

Chris Gratton won the draw and dropped the puck behind him to Vaananen, who scored his second of the season with a slapshot from above the left circle.

Boucher was tested with eight shots in the second period, and killed off a Minnesota power play early in the stanza that was created by David Tanabe's hooking penalty.

Early in the third period, Sjostrom found himself all alone in front for his fourth goal and a 2-0 Phoenix lead at 2:56. Shane Doan set him up with a soft pass from behind the net, and Sjostrom beat Roloson with a one-timer stick- side.

Once the first 3:37 of the third period ticked away, Boucher passed Durnan's mark. He needed just six saves in the final stanza to put his name in the record books.

"I did look up at the clock," Boucher said. "That is probably the first time I really was counting down. I hate to do that, but I don't know that anyone could ignore it."

Roloson was bombarded with 18 shots in the third period and finished the game with 30 saves.

Game Notes

Boucher, who has 130 saves over the last five games, is 6-0-3 in his last nine appearances...Alex Connell holds the all-time NHL records of six consecutive shutouts with a 461:29 scoreless streak for Ottawa during the 1927-28 season...The Coyotes are unbeaten in their last nine away games (5-0-4)...Minnesota is winless in eight of its last nine overall (1-3-5)...The Coyotes are 8-4-2 all-time in St. Paul.

01/10 00:04:13 ET

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