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Boucher gets first shutout in two years

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- As the backup goaltender to three-time
All-Star Sean Burke, Brian Boucher has to maximize his chances with
the Phoenix Coyotes.

Boucher did just that Wednesday night, making 21 saves to help
beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-0 and lift the Coyotes to their first
victory in three games at the new Glendale Arena.

"It feels good," Boucher said about his first shutout in more
than two years. "I mean, it's equivalent to scoring a hat trick
for a forward, so it's nice to get the win, but it feels good to
pitch a shutout."

Boucher, unbeaten in his last five starts (2-0-3), was with
Philadelphia when he blanked Pittsburgh on Oct. 31, 2001.

Shane Doan and Fredrik Sjostrom each had a goal and an assist,
Ladislav Nagy and Ossi Vaananen also scored, and Daymond Langkow
had two assists.

The Coyotes dropped their Glendale opener 3-1 to Nashville on
Saturday and lost 3-2 in overtime to the New York Rangers on
Monday.

"It was nice to get the first win out of the way and go on the
road in a positive frame of mind," Phoenix coach Bob Francis said.

Milan Hnilicka stopped 31 shots in his first start for the
Kings, who acquired him from Atlanta for future considerations on
Sept. 15 and kept him in the minors until Friday.

The Coyotes improved to 2-1-1 this season against Los Angeles,
winless (0-2-4-1) in seven games. The Kings also lost to the
Rangers in overtime Tuesday night.

The game was chippy, with Los Angeles' Sean Avery and Brad
Norton ejected, and Brian Savage of Phoenix benched near the end
with a 10-minute misconduct penalty.

Sjostrom, a rookie right wing promoted to Phoenix's top line
this week, put a one-timer over Hnilicka's left shoulder 8:28 into
the game.

But the goalie was solid minutes later, stopping nine shots
during two Phoenix power plays that included 52 seconds of
five-on-three.

He couldn't hold on in the second period, when Los Angeles spent
nine straight minutes short-handed.

Nagy scored his 17th goal when he swept Jan Hrdina's crossing
pass between Hnilicka's pads with 8:45 left in the period.

The long power play occurred when Avery put a chokehold on
Phoenix's Mike Sillinger from behind, threw him to the ground and
began to punch him while Sillinger lay motionless.

"The guy broke his stick on him," Doan said. "He
cross-checked him fairly hard, and Silly went down. But punch him
in the back of the head? That's kind of ... as an opposing team,
you want that. It's not hurting Silly, and we're getting the power
play."

Avery was whistled for minor roughing and instigating, a
five-minute fighting infraction and 10-minute and game misconducts
-- 29 minutes in penalties.

Ziggy Palffy got a slashing penalty later, resulting in a
five-on-three edge for Phoenix when Nagy scored.

"That type of thing can't happen, and you have to kill a
penalty for nine minutes in a 1-0 hockey game?" Kings coach Andy
Murray said. "Sean can't do that."

The Coyotes led only 2-0 going into the third period after
managing just six shots during the long advantage. But Doan scored
4:35 into the third after a pass from Langkow, and Vaananen's goal
made it 4-0 with a slap shot from the point 19 seconds later.

"We didn't give ourselves a good chance to win with the amount
of penalties we took," Kings captain Mattias Norstrom said.

Game notes
Hnilicka's only other appearance for Los Angeles was Friday
in relief of Cristobal Huet. ... D Paul Mara appeared in his 200th
game with the Coyotes. Brad Ference, another Phoenix defenseman,
played in his 200th game overall. ... Norton played for the first
time since he cut his right forearm Sept. 30 in an exhibition game
at Phoenix. He was activated off the injured list before the game.
... New Coyotes RW Ivan Novoseltsev, acquired Tuesday from Florida,
did not arrive in time to dress for the game. ... Attendance was
18,106, above capacity for the third straight game.