NHL Game Summary - Atlanta at Phoenix |
(Sunday, January 11th)
Final Score: Atlanta 1, Phoenix 1
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Brian Boucher finally allowed a goal to end
his shutout streak at five games, but finished with 20 saves to lift the
Phoenix Coyotes to a 1-1 tie with the Atlanta Thrashers at Glendale Arena.
Daymond Langkow scored the tying goal in the third period for the Coyotes, who
had a five-game winning streak stopped but have recorded a point in seven
straight games (5-0-1-1).
Byron Dafoe stopped 40 shots for Atlanta, which is winless in its last seven
(0-5-1-1) and completed a five-game road trip at 0-3-1-1. Randy Robitaille
scored the lone goal for the Thrashers, who haven't won since December 26
against Tampa Bay.
Robitaille's power-play goal at 6:16 of the first period ended Boucher's NHL
modern-day record shutout streak at 332 minutes and one second. Boucher had
set the scoreless mark and modern-day record for consecutive games with a
shutout at five in a 2-0 victory over Minnesota on Friday.
"I'm happy that it's over," said Boucher, who received a standing ovation from
the crowd and was greeted in the crease by each of his teammates after the
goal. "It was a nice run, something that I'll never forget."
Boucher never really had a chance on the play, as Robitaille's wrist shot
deflected off the chest of Phoenix defenseman David Tanabe and went past the
"I don't think it would have hit the net if it didn't hit me," said Tanabe.
"If it wasn't for that bounce, he could have had another shutout."
The goal also ended Phoenix's team shutout streak just 3:22 shy of the NHL
modern-era record set by Montreal in 1949. The modern era began in 1943-44
with the addition of the center red line.
Dafoe, meanwhile, was brilliant through two periods. He stopped 11 shots in
the first and 12 in the second, but was finally beaten early in the third.
The Coyotes tied it at 6:21 of the third on an unassisted goal by Langkow. He
picked the puck off the boards in the right corner, skated into the circle and
snapped a shot past Dafoe for his 10th goal.
Each team had a couple of chances in the closing minutes of regulation.
Boucher closed the pads on a backhander from in front by Ilya Kovalchuk, who
split a pair of Phoenix defenders with a rush through the right circle with
Dafoe then stood tall to deny Dan Cleary on a partial breakaway with just over
a minute remaining.
An exciting overtime session featured seven shots, including five by Phoenix.
The Coyotes had three shots on goal in the first minute of overtime, but Dafoe
turned aside two point-blank shots and a wraparound attempt.
Kovalchuk had a golden opportunity to win it with 2:41 remaining, left alone
in front of the crease, but Boucher robbed him with a great glove save.
Langkow then beat the defense for a breakaway, but Dafoe got a glove on the
shot to keep it tied with 2:00 to play.
"We threw everything at Byron Dafoe tonight and he was terrific," said
Boucher. "We should have come out with two points, and he was the only reason
Bill Durnan of Montreal in 1949 held the previous modern-era scoreless record
of 309:21. 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...Phoenix is 7-1-1 all-time against Atlanta, which posted a 1-0 victory
over the Coyotes on November 23 in the first meeting this season. The
Thrashers had lost each of their four previous trips to Arizona.
01/11 23:34:33 ET