Fluke goal ends Boucher's streak, as Coyotes tie Thrashers
Share This Story
Robitaille's power-play goal at 6:16 of the first period ended Boucher's NHL modern-day record shutout streak at 332 minutes and one second. Boucher had set the scoreless mark and modern-day record for consecutive games with a shutout at five in a 2-0 victory over Minnesota on Friday.
"I'm happy that it's over," said Boucher, who received a standing ovation from the crowd and was greeted in the crease by each of his teammates after the goal. "It was a nice run, something that I'll never forget."
Boucher never really had a chance on the play, as Robitaille's wrist shot deflected off the chest of Phoenix defenseman
"I don't think it would have hit the net if it didn't hit me," said Tanabe. "If it wasn't for that bounce, he could have had another shutout."
The goal also ended Phoenix's team shutout streak just 3:22 shy of the NHL modern-era record set by Montreal in 1949. The modern era began in 1943-44 with the addition of the center red line.
Dafoe, meanwhile, was brilliant through two periods. He stopped 11 shots in the first and 12 in the second, but was finally beaten early in the third.
Each team had a couple of chances in the closing minutes of regulation.
Boucher closed the pads on a backhander from in front by
Dafoe then stood tall to deny Dan Cleary on a partial breakaway with just over a minute remaining.
An exciting overtime session featured seven shots, including five by Phoenix.
Kovalchuk had a golden opportunity to win it with 2:41 remaining, left alone in front of the crease, but Boucher robbed him with a great glove save.
Langkow then beat the defense for a breakaway, but Dafoe got a glove on the shot to keep it tied with 2:00 to play.
"We threw everything at
Bill Durnan of Montreal in 1949 held the previous modern-era scoreless record of 309:21. 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.
Phoenix is 7-1-1 all-time against Atlanta, which posted a 1-0 victory over the