Coyotes' Smith saves 30 for 22nd career shutout

2013-02-19T00:00:00Z Coyotes' Smith saves 30 for 22nd career shutoutThe Associated Press The Associated Press
February 19, 2013 12:00 am  • 

GLENDALE - Phoenix jumped on a tired team early, played sound in its own end and got another superb game from goalie Mike Smith.

This is precisely the how the Coyotes need to play - and not a bad way to head into a rare extended break during this strike-shortened season.

Smith stopped 30 shots for his third shutout, Keith Yandle scored in the opening minute of the first period and Mikkel Boedker did the same to start a finishing flourish in the third, lifting the Coyotes to a 4-0 win over the Calgary Flames Monday night.

"It's rewarding when we play the right way," Smith said after his 22nd career shutout. "Tonight was a great win for our team, a great confidence builder."

Playing in front of a standing-room only crowd at Jobing.com Arena, the Coyotes attacked Calgary early, scoring 41 seconds into the game on a rebound goal by Yandle for his fourth point in two games.

Phoenix kept up the pressure to start the third, getting a goal by Boedker 30 seconds in before pouring it on against a team that played the night before.

Antoine Vermette and Raffi Torres scored later in the third period and each had an assist. David Moss had two assists against his former team and Oliver Ekman-Larsson had two assists as well.

The Coyotes also were solid inside their blue line, forcing the Flames out wide and cleaning up any rebounds that came off Smith, winning for the sixth time in eight games.

• Ducks 3, Blue Jackets 2: In Anaheim, Calif., Peter Holland and Ryan Getzlaf scored 21 seconds apart in the first period, sending Anaheim past Columbus for its fifth consecutive victory.

The Pacific Division-leading Ducks' winning streak is currently the longest in the NHL and they've also won their last five home games.

• Senators 2, Devils 1: In Newark, N.J., Jakob Silfverberg beat Martin Brodeur to his stick side in the shootout and goalie Ben Bishop turned aside 30 shots for his first victory of the season.

Silfverberg, who assisted on the Senators' regulation goal, skated in on Brodeur in the shootout and fired a right-handed wrist shot that caught the NHL's all-time wins leader by surprise.

• Maple Leafs 3, Panthers 0: Sunrise, Fla., Ben Scrivens notched his second consecutive shutout, and Clarke MacArthur and Nazem Kadri each had a goal and an assist to lead Toronto to a win over Florida.

Scrivens stopped 37 shots and Phil Kessel also scored for the Maple Leafs, who won for the sixth time in seven games. Toronto is off to its best road start since opening 7-2-0 away from home in 1940-41.

• Flyers 7, Islanders 0: Uniondale, N.Y., the line of Claude Giroux, Matt Read and Jakub Voracek combined for three goals and 10 points, helping Philadelphia break a slump with a victory over New York.

Giroux had two goals and added an assist. Ilya Bryzgalov made 19 saves for his first shutout of the season and 30th in the NHL.

• Canadiens 3, Hurricanes 0: Montreal, Tomas Plekanec and Max Pacioretty scored 18 seconds apart in the third period against Carolina to seal Montreal's fourth straight win.

• Avalanche 6, Predators 5: In Denver, Paul Stastny and Jamie McGinn scored 13 seconds apart in the second period and Colorado snapped a nine-game losing streak against Nashville.

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