Smith gets 1st shutout as Coyotes beat Canucks 1-0

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 17, 2014 at 12:11 am •  Published: January 17, 2014
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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Mike Smith stopped 29 shots for his first shutout of the season, Antoine Vermette had a power-play goal in the first period, and the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Vancouver Canucks 1-0 on Thursday night.

In a game full of penalties and killed power plays, the Coyotes got stellar goaltending and just enough offense while the Canucks continued to struggle on the offense. Phoenix also got a break on a reviewed goal in the third period.

Vancouver lost for the eighth time in nine games as an apparent goal from captain Henrik Sedin near the midpoint of the third was waved off after a replay review.

Smith stopped Kevin Bieksa's shot but the rebound came to Sedin, who knocked the puck into the net with his body. The Canucks have one goal in their last three games and lost all three on their road trip to Southern California and Arizona.

Still, Vancouver had a chance to draw even after a high-sticking double-minor against center Martin Hanzal. The Canucks were on a power play for all but the last 4 seconds of the game, with six attackers for the final minute, but failed to score.

The teams combined for five power plays in the first period, three for the Canucks and two for the Coyotes. Phoenix scored on its second man-advantage situation with 7:09 remaining in the period.

Keith Yandle faked a shot from the point and passed to Vermette in front of the red line almost directly to goalie Eddie Lack's left. Vermette took the tough-angle shot and the puck glanced off a Canucks defender and past Lack.

Earlier, Lack's reflexes kept the game scoreless when he turned away a good opportunity for Oliver Ekman-Larsson at the 6:18 mark.



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