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Smith stops 29 shots, Coyotes become 1st team to shut out Blackhawks this season with 2-0 win

Friday, 02.07.2014 / 11:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Smith stops 29 shots, Coyotes become 1st team to shut out Blackhawks this season with 2-0 win

GLENDALE, Ariz. - Mike Smith stopped 29 shots and the Phoenix Coyotes became the first team to shut out Chicago this season with a 2-0 victory over the Blackhawks on Friday night.

Coming off a disappointing loss to Dallas, the Coyotes charged at the Blackhawks following a pregame ceremony honouring the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team.

Keith Yandle scored 69 seconds in and had an assist on Radim Vrbata's goal late in the second period. Smith made it stand up with some tough saves late in the third period, closing out his second shutout of the season after rocker Alice Cooper played a three-song set during intermission.

Antoine Vermette extended his career-high points streak to nine games on Yandle's goal in front of a raucous, sold-out crowd.

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He's a winner. We want winners here, and he's a proven winner. He's won two Stanley Cups. He's 22 years old and been a big part of it. He's got all the right tools. He's got size (6-foot-1, 204 pounds) and strength. He's exactly what we were looking for. He's going to be a big piece of our team for many, many years to come.

— Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen on Brandon Saad, who he acquired in a trade with the Blackhawks on Tuesday
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