GAME: Vancouver Canucks (24-11-7-2) at Phoenix Coyotes (16-12-12-2).
TIME: Tuesday, 9 p.m. EST.
One of the most remarkable streaks in NHL history finally came to an end for
The Phoenix Coyotes, however, are still on a roll.
Phoenix looks to extend its season-high unbeaten streak to seven games when
it hosts a Vancouver Canucks team it hasn't beaten in almost two years.
Boucher broke the modern-day records for consecutive shutouts and minutes
without allowing a goal when he beat the Minnesota Wild 2-0 on Friday night for
his fifth consecutive shutout.
On Sunday, however, the streak ended when the Atlanta Thrashers scored a
power-play goal 6:16 into the game. Boucher's run without allowing a goal
lasted 332 minutes, 1 second.
"I was prepared for it to end," Boucher said. "I knew it was going to end
at some point. I told myself that when it does happen, just stop the next
Daymond Langkow scored an unassisted goal at 6:21 of the third period as
Phoenix settled for a 1-1 tie, pushing its unbeaten streak to six (5-0-1). The
Coyotes haven't gone undefeated in seven straight since a 6-0-1 run from March
"It was a long time to not give up a goal and I had a great run," said
Boucher, unbeaten in his last 10 starts (6-0-4). "As a team we just need to
keep focusing on playing the way we have been over this last five or six
Coyotes coach Bob Francis said he hadn't decided whether Boucher or Sean
Burke would start in goal on Tuesday.
Phoenix will be trying to extend its unbeaten streak against a Vancouver
club that has gone 5-0-2 against the Coyotes since a 6-1 loss on March 7, 2002.
To make matters worse for Phoenix, the Canucks come into this contest with a
club-record, seven-game road winning streak. Vancouver hasn't lost away from
home since falling 3-1 to the Dallas Stars on Dec. 17.
The Canucks extended their overall unbeaten streak to three games (2-0-1) on
Sunday, coming back from a two-goal deficit in the third period to earn a 2-2
tie with the Florida Panthers.
Mattias Ohlund scored Vancouver's first goal 7:02 into the third period, and
Henrik Sedin scored with 6:26 left to complete the two-goal rally.
Despite earning a point, Vancouver is winless in its last five home games
(0-3-2). The Canucks play their next two games on the road before returning for
a five-game homestand.
"I don't know what it is, if we feel more pressure putting on a show at
home or if we feel that we're having an advantage playing at home, but we're
certainly playing differently," Canucks captain Markus Naslund said.