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COYOTES RECALL BOUCHER & GAINEY

by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes

COYOTES RECALL BOUCHER AND GAINEY FROM SAN ANTONIO
LENEVEU REASSIGNED TO RAMPAGE

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Michael Barnett announced today that the Coyotes have recalled goaltender Brian Boucher and left wing Steve Gainey from the San Antonio Rampage, the Coyotes' top minor league affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Boucher has not played in any NHL games this season after injuring his groin during an exhibition shootout in the team's first preseason game on Friday, Sept. 16 vs. Minnesota.  During his two-week conditioning assignment with San Antonio, which began on Dec.1, Boucher registered a 2-2-0 record with a 1.18 goals against average (GAA), a .959 save percentage (SV%) and 1 shutout.  Boucher allowed just 6 goals and made 139 saves in 5 games during the conditioning stint. 

The 28-year-old native of Woonsocket, Rhode Island has played 5 seasons in the NHL split between Phoenix and Philadelphia.  In his NHL career, Boucher has collected a 2.65 GAA, .901 SV% and a 71-77-30 record.  In 2003-04, Boucher led all Coyotes goaltenders in games played, minutes, wins and shutouts.  The 6-foot-2, 198-pound netminder compiled a 2.74 GAA, .906 SV% and a 10-19-10 record in 40 games.  Boucher performed one of the most incredible feats in hockey history when he set two new modern-day NHL records with 5 consecutives shutouts and a shutout sequence of 332:01, breaking the 55-year-old records of Montreal's Bill Durnan (4 shutouts, 309:21 sequence in 1948-49).

The 6-foot-1, 192-pound Gainey currently leads all Rampage players in assists and points with 12 assists and 19 points in 22 games this season.  He also ranks second on the club in goals (7) and power play goals (4).  Gainey has also played in 5 games this season with the Coyotes, recording 3 shots.  Gainey, 25, signed with the Coyotes as a free agent on Nov. 4, 2005.  In his NHL career, he has played in 18 NHL games (0-1-1 and 14 PIM) split between Phoenix and Dallas over parts of four seasons.

LeNeveu has played in 9 games in his rookie NHL season with the Coyotes, collecting a 2-5-2 record, 3.20 GAA and .885 SV%.  The 22-year-old netminder was originally drafted by the Coyotes in the 2nd round (46th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. 

Boucher and Gainey will be available to play in tonight's Coyotes game versus Tampa Bay.  The Coyotes and Lightning will face off Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Arizona time at Glendale Arena.  The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Net in high definition as well as on KDKB (93.3 FM) and KDUS (1060 AM).  For ticket information, please call (480) 563-PUCK.

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