NHL Game Summary - Phoenix at Washington
(Wednesday, January 7th)
Final Score: Phoenix 3, Washington 0
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Brian Boucher made 27 saves to tie an NHL record with his fourth consecutive shutout, as the Phoenix Coyotes blanked the Washington Capitals, 3-0, at the MCI Center.
Boucher, who has not allowed a goal in 265 minutes and 45 seconds, tied Bill Durnan's mark set during the 1949 season for the Montreal Canadiens. The next plateau in Boucher's sights is Durnan's league standard scoreless streak of 309:21.
"He is at the top of his game and the guys are really taking a lot of pride in the current shutout streak," said Coyotes head coach Bob Francis.
Shane Doan scored a goal and assisted on another for the Coyotes, who have won four straight games. Daymond Langkow and Ladislav Nagy netted the other goals for Phoenix.
Olaf Kolzig made just 16 saves in net for the Capitals, who have lost three straight while going winless in seven (0-6-1). Mike Grier had five shots on goal for Washington, which never really threatened Boucher's shutout streak.
Boucher stopped six shots in the first, nine in the second and 12 in the third for his 11th career shutout.
"What an unbelievable effort by the guys tonight and you could tell right from the start of the game how hard they are playing in front of me," said Boucher. "I have had a lot of luck during this stretch, but my teammates have played so well in front of me. Everything that is going on right now is so overwhelming."
The Coyotes jumped out to a quick lead with two goals in a 2:20 span late in the opening frame.
Doan started the spurt with his 17th of the year with 4:16 left. He slowed down as he got to the right faceoff circle and then ripped a wrist shot to the top corner over the glove of Kolzig.
Langkow followed with his ninth when his wrister from the left circle beat Kolzig, who didn't seem ready for the shot.
The Caps had a two-man advantage for 25 seconds late in the third, but it was Phoenix which had the best chance with a 2-on-0 shorthanded break that Kolzig turned aside.
Nagy added an empty-netter in the closing stages for his team-leading 20th goal of the year, sealing the win.
Boucher is 5-0-3 in his last eight appearances...Phoenix has outscored its opponents 16-0 during the shutout streak...The Coyotes improved to 4-0-4 in their last eight road games...Washington's Peter Bondra returned from a four- game absence stemming from a groin injury...Prior to the game, the Caps placed forward Dainius Zubrus on injured reserve with a broken bone in his right foot...Grier left the game late in the third period with an apparent leg injury.
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