Boucher's shutout streak snapped
An unlucky bounce brought Brian Boucher's NHL record shutout streak to an end.
A Randy Robitaille wrist shot glanced off the chest of Phoenix defenceman David Tanabe and past Boucher at the 6:16 mark of the first period of Coyotes' matchup with the Atlanta Thrashers on Sunday.
It proved to be the only goal Boucher would surrender. The game ended in a 1-1 tie. Boucher made 20 saves.
"I don't think it would have hit the net if it didn't hit me," said Tanabe of Robitaille's shot. "If it wasn't for that bounce, he could have had another shutout."
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"A flukie goal," said Boucher. "That's how easily a goal can go in. The fact that it didn't happen for five-plus games is pretty amazing."
Robitaille's goal ended Boucher's streak of five straight shutouts. The 27-year-old goalie had gone 332:01 minutes without giving up a goal.
On Friday, Boucher became the first netminder to post five straight shutouts since the league introduced the centre red line in 1944. The previous record was four straight shutouts, set by Montreal Canadiens goalie Bill Durnan in 1949.
Boucher also broke Durnan's record for consecutive shutout minutes. Durnan's record was 309 minutes 21 seconds.
Boucher's shutout streak began on Dec. 31 with a 4-0 victory over Los Angeles. He had 35 saves in a 6-0 win at Dallas last Friday.
On Sunday, Boucher turned aside all 26 shots he faced in a 3-0 victory against Carolina and he made 27 saves in a 3-0 win at Washington last Wednesday.
On Friday, he backstopped the Coyotes to a 2-0 win over the Minnesota Wild to establish an NHL record.