|PHX||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||3|
|CAR||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||0|
GAME: Phoenix Coyotes (13-12-11-2) at Carolina Hurricanes (12-16-8-2).TIME: Sunday, 1:30 p.m. EST.
Not long ago, Brian Boucher was the third-string goaltender on the Phoenix Coyotes.
A few more games like his last two, and he may be pushing for the starting job on a regular basis.
The Coyotes will try to win three straight games for the first time since the opening week of the season when they continue a four-game road trip against the punchless Carolina Hurricanes.
Boucher stopped 35 shots Friday and recorded his second consecutive shutout in a 6-0 victory at Dallas.
Boucher, third on the Coyotes' depth chart earlier this season behind Sean Burke and Zac Bierk, turned aside 21 shots Wednesday in a 4-0 win over visiting Los Angeles. Boucher has not allowed a goal in 140 minutes, 45 seconds, and is unbeaten in his last six decisions (3-0-3).
"It's nice to contribute," Boucher said after his ninth career shutout Friday. "Any time you can contribute and help your teammates, it's a nice feeling. It's a team game and these guys play hard every single night, so when I get in there, I certainly want to do my part to give them the chance to win."
Captain Shane Doan, Chris Gratton, and Daymond Langkow each had a goal and an assist Friday for the Coyotes, winners of a season-high three straight to open the season.
"I thought we executed really well in different areas," Phoenix coach Bob Francis said. "A lot of guys stepped forward and we got a lot of challenges."
While Boucher has been excellent lately, Burke has just one win his last six games (1-3-2).
Doan, on pace for the best season of his career, has seven goals and nine assists in his last 12 games.
A weak offense continues to be the biggest problem facing new Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette.
Carolina, the NHL's lowest-scoring team, failed to score more than two goals for the 10th straight game Friday in a 4-1 loss to Detroit.
The Hurricanes are 4-4 under Laviolette and have scored 12 goals in those eight games.
"We've got to stay positive," defenseman Glen Wesley said. "We got ourselves into this thing and we've got to get ourselves out. There is nothing else to say. It's getting old around here."
While Carolina has struggled to score, Kevin Weekes has provided the team with very strong goaltending. Weekes, however, was pulled Friday after allowing two goals on seven shots in the first period.
|Jan 04 '04||PHX 3 at CAR 0||L. Nagy|