One night later, he walked the walk -- including in a fashion no one would have expected.
Smith turned in a vintage performance against the Detroit Red Wings, making 31 saves in a 5-2 win Saturday. That was no surprise to anyone who watched the native of Kingston, Ontario win 38 games two seasons ago and guide the Coyotes to the Western Conference Final.
What really brought the fans at Jobing.com Arena out of their seats was when Smith capped the night by firing the puck into an empty net with one-tenth of a second remaining for his first career goal and the 14th ever by an NHL goaltender in the regular season or Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Anaheim Ducks are hitting the road after they host the Dallas Stars on Sunday. They'd like to take a seven-game winning streak with them.
The Ducks were routed 6-1 by the Colorado Avalanche in their season opener, but they haven't lost since. Anaheim's 3-2 shootout victory against the Phoenix Coyotes on Friday night was their sixth win in a row, and their fourth in as many games during their first homestand of the season.
After hosting Dallas, the Ducks play their next eight on the road; they don't return to Honda Center until they host Phoenix on Nov. 6.
Hockey prodigies Jonathan Drouin and Nathan MacKinnon have been virtually inseparable for the past two years. Now they have been forced apart by the decisions of NHL team executives and sent to opposite ends of the hockey spectrum.
Drouin and MacKinnon combined to lift Halifax to the top of the Canadian Hockey League during the past two seasons, and an assumption grew that they would be high first-round picks in the 2013 NHL Draft and begin a head-to-head battle at the NHL level that would last the better part of two decades.
But that duel must wait at least a year now after the unexpected decision by Tampa Bay Lightning management to send Drouin back to juniors before the 2013-14 regular season began.
Mike Smith of the Phoenix Coyotes scored the 14th goal credited to an NHL goaltender when he shot the puck into the net an instant before the final horn of his team's 5-2 victory against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.
Smith shot the puck down the ice and it crossed the goal line with :00.1 remaining on the clock. He made 31 saves as the Coyotes rallied from trailing 2-0.
"Obviously I’m thrilled with the way we played," he said. "It's just a bonus to be able to score a goal.
"Everything has to work right and the clock has to slow down at the right time of the game to let it trickle in over the line."
Briere was skating through the Nashville zone without the puck when he was hit from the blindside by Predators forward Eric Nystrom at 2:53 of the second period.
"I looked at the replay to see what happened," Nystrom said. "We were both looking, looking, looking [at the puck], and the next thing I know we just turned right into each other. I hate when that stuff happens, especially when somebody gets hurt, but I wasn't even looking at him or trying to run into him. We just collided."
New York Rangers forward Benoit Pouliot hit Salvador and sent him flying backward into the corner boards to the left of New Jersey goalie Cory Schneider with 26.4 seconds to play. Salvador's back and the back of his head hit the boards. He tried several times to get up on his own but couldn't and needed help to get to the dressing room.
Hall was called for slashing after he was hit hard by Senators defenseman Eric Gryba at 11:04 of the period. He came out of the penalty box and stayed on the ice briefly before going to the dressing room with 6:42 left in the period.
The Canadian Press reported that Hall left following the game with his knee in a brace but without using use of crutches.
Visnovsky collected a puck behind the Islanders' net during the first period and took a hit from Hurricanes forward Radek Dvorak. Visnovsky was favoring his left shoulder after the hit; he headed to the dressing room and did not join the Islanders on the ice for the start of the second period. The team announced via its Twitter account that Visnovsky had suffered a concussion and would not return
Trouba was injured when he fell face-first into the boards 2:50 into the second period of the Jets' game Friday against the St. Louis Blues.
Trouba remained down for several minutes before medical personnel removed him from the ice on a stretcher. Trouba was awake while leaving and managed a slight wave to the MTS Centre crowd. He was taken to a Winnipeg-area hospital for X-rays but was released a few hours later. The team announced Trouba was alert and able to move his arms and legs.
I challenged him to a goalie fight when we chatted before the game, but he didn't want to go. It was strange to see him at the other end of the ice, but I'm sure he felt the same way looking down at our end.
— Vancouver goalie Eddie Lack joking about facing his former teammate Roberto Luongo after the Canucks' win against the Panthers