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Boucher goes for fourth straight shutout

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Washington, DC (Sports Network) - seeks a piece of National Hockey League goaltending history tonight when his Phoenix visit the Washington 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 '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. , and each scored goals for the , who had lost two straight before their current three-game winning streak. 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 will visit Minnesota on Friday.

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

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

The , 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 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.

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