Coyotes net another shutout

Published: Monday, January 5, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 5, 2004 at 2:07 a.m.

RALEIGH, N.C. - Brian Boucher and the Phoenix Coyotes made it look easy against the low-scoring Carolina Hurricanes.

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Phoenix Coyotes goalie Brian Boucher, blocks the shot during the third period Sunday at the RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C. Phoenix won the game, 3-0.

The Associated Press

Boucher made 26 saves for his third straight shutout, leading the Coyotes to a 3-0 victory Sunday.

Boucher has stopped 82 shots in the past three games and is unbeaten in seven starts (4-0-3).

``Right now the puck looks like a beach ball to him,'' Phoenix coach Bob Francis said. ``He's following it, squaring up, getting sound positionally and his concentration level is outstanding.''

The Coyotes have won three in a row and earned at least a point in nine straight games.

``Things are just going well and hopefully we can ride it for as long as possible,'' Boucher said.

Jan Hrdina had a goal and two assists for Phoenix, and Branko Radivojevic added three assists. Hrdina has 11 points in 11 games since returning from a toe injury.

  • CANADIENS 4, CAPITALS 1: Michael Ryder scored twice and assisted on Sheldon Souray's 13th goal of the season, and Montreal beat Washington for its first winning streak in more than two months.

    Joe Juneau also scored and Jose Theodore made 19 saves for Montreal, which hadn't won consecutive games in 12 previous tries since Oct. 20-23.

  • OILERS 4, BLACKHAWKS 3: Ethan Moreau snapped a tie 55 seconds into the third period and the Edmonton Oilers rallied from a two-goal deficit to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks.

    Moreau beat Steve Passmore on the short side with a high shot from a sharp angle, giving the Oilers a 4-3 lead. Tommy Salo made 22 saves for the Oilers, who have won two straight and are undefeated in three games.

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