Final Score: Phoenix 2, Chicago 0
Glendale, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike Smith stopped 30 shots for his second
shutout of the season to lead the Phoenix Coyotes in a 2-0 win over the
Chicago Blackhawks on Friday.
Keith Yandle and Radim Vrbata each scored for the Coyotes, who went 3-2-0 on a
"It's go-time and you need to bring your 'A' game when you play against a team
like that," said Smith. "It just gives you that much more motivation and it's
nice to see us pull this one here."
Corey Crawford gave up both goals on 26 shots for the Blackhawks, who had a
two-game winning streak snapped to go into the Olympic break.
"We liked what we've accomplished and where we've put ourselves going into the
break," said Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville. "For the guys going over
there, we're rooting for them, and the guys that are breaking, you know, get
On the man advantage, the Coyotes struck 1:09 into the game as Yandle
blasted a big one-timer from the right point for his seventh goal of the
Skating on a 5-on-3 after penalties to Brandon Saad and Michal Rozsival at
17:46 of the second, the Coyotes were able to make it a 2-0 game.
Holding the puck at the low right side, Mike Ribeiro sent a pass to the slot
where Vrbata was able to wrist it in with 1:31 to play in the second.
Smith was busy in the second period, turning away 14 shots before stopping all
nine shots he faced in the final frame, including a tough stop on a tip from
Ben Smith in the final seconds to polish off his 26th career shutout.
It was the first time the Blackhawks lost to a Pacific Division foe in
regulation this season, going 14-0-6 coming into the game.
Phoenix plays in Dallas on Saturday ... Chicago plays in New York against the
Rangers when it resumes play on Feb. 27 ... Chicago won the previous two games
against Phoenix this season ... It was the first time Chicago was blanked
since a 4-0 loss in Los Angeles on Feb. 25, 2012.
02/08 01:38:31 ET
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