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Wednesday, January 7th (All times eastern)

Phoenix Coyotes (14-12-11-2) at Washington Capitals (11-25-4-1), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - Brian Boucher seeks a piece of National Hockey League goaltending history tonight when his Phoenix Coyotes visit the Washington Capitals at the MCI Center.

Boucher has posted three consecutive shutouts entering the match, and can match the modern-day NHL record with a blanking this evening. Montreal's Bill Durnan established the mark with four-in-a-row from February 26-March 6, 1949.

Boucher, who is 4-0-3 in his last seven games, hasn't allowed a goal in 205 minutes, 45 seconds, which has already broken Nikolai Khabibulin's franchise record set in 1997. Durnan's league standard for a shutout sequence is 309:21.

On Sunday, Boucher made 26 saves to back a 3-0 victory over Carolina in the second portion of a four-game road trip. Ladislav Nagy, Jan Hrdina and Paul Mara each scored goals for the Coyotes, who had lost two straight before their current three-game winning streak. Branko Radivojevic assisted on all three goals.

Nagy leads the team with 19 goals, and has recorded three scores and an assist during a four-game point streak.

Phoenix, which has outscored opponents 13-0 during its spurt, is 3-0-4 in its last seven road tilts. The Coyotes will visit Minnesota on Friday.

Washington, meanwhile, has dropped two straight and is winless in the last six (0-5-1). On Sunday the Capitals dropped a 4-1 contest in Montreal. Michael Ryder scored twice and added an assist to lead the Canadiens.

Joel Kwiatkowski tallied for the Capitals, who failed in their sixth try to earn the 1,000th victory in franchise history. Maxime Ouellet stopped 30 shots in defeat.

The Capitals, with 27 points, are tied with Columbus for the second-worst record in the NHL. Only Pittsburgh is lower, with 26 points.

Washington, 1-4-2 in its last seven home contests, begins a four-game homestand tonight and will welcome Carolina to town on Friday.

The Caps and Coyotes split two meetings last season, with each club winning in the other's rink. Phoenix is 4-2-3 in the last nine meetings, and 1-0-2 in its last three trips to DC.

01/07 10:19:35 ET


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