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Sunday, January 11th (All times eastern)

Atlanta Thrashers (19-19-3-2) at Phoenix Coyotes (16-12-11-2), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - Phoenix goaltender Brian Boucher tries to keep his amazing shutout streak intact tonight when the Coyotes host the struggling Atlanta Thrashers at Glendale Arena.

Brian Boucher set a pair of modern-day NHL records with his fifth-straight shutout on Friday, as Phoenix 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. 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

"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 51.

On Friday, Ossi Vaananen and Fredrik Sjostrom scored for the Coyotes, who have outscored their last five opponents by an 18-0 margin.

The Thrashers hope to solve the Boucher mystery and snap their six-game losing streak in the process.

Atlanta's latest setback came in San Jose on Saturday night, as Patrick Marleau and Nicholas Dimitrakos each had a goal and an assist to lead the Sharks to the 5-2 win.

Shawn McEachern and Ivan Majesky scored for Atlanta, which dropped to 0-5-0-1 in its last six contests.

Phoenix is 7-1 all-time against Atlanta, but the Thrashers' lone win in the series came on November 23 at Philips Arena. However, the Thrashers have lost in all four of their trips to Arizona.

01/11 10:59:52 ET


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