Coyotes' Boucher again stands tall

Posted: Monday, January 05, 2004

RALEIGH, N.C. Brian Boucher made 26 saves for his third straight shutout, leading the Phoenix Coyotes to a 3-0 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday.

Boucher has stopped 82 shots in the past three games and is unbeaten in seven starts (4-0-3). The Coyotes have won three in a row and earned at least a point in nine straight games.

Jan Hrdina had a goal and two assists for Phoenix, and Branko Radivojevic added three assists.

Ladislav Nagy and defenseman Paul Mara also scored for the Coyotes.

Canadiens 4, Capitals 1

MONTREAL 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.

The Canadiens, who beat Atlanta 5-1 on Saturday, extended their unbeaten streak to four games (3-0-1). They have earned a point in nine of their last 11 (6-2-2-1), moving four games over .500 for the first time this season at 19-15-5-2.

Oilers 4, Blackhawks 3

CHICAGO Ethan Moreau snapped a tie 55 seconds into the third period and Edmonton rallied from a two-goal deficit to defeat Chicago.

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.

Brad Isbister, Jarret Stoll and Ryan Smyth also scored for the Oilers, all in a 2:04 span in the second period. Stoll and Smyth had short-handed goals 41 seconds apart during the same Edmonton minor penalty.

Alex Zhamnov, Deron Quint and Nathan Dempsey scored for the Blackhawks, who are 4-15-4-4 in their last 27 games.

Avalanche 3, Wild 1

DENVER Teemu Selanne and Milan Hejduk scored power-play goals in the second period, and Colorado beat Minnesota for its third straight victory.

Peter Forsberg added an empty-net goal for the Avalanche in the final minute, helping rookie Phil Sauve earn his fourth career win.

Sauve made 25 saves, and Minnesota's Manny Fernandez had 26.

Jason Wiemer scored for the Wild.

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