Smith recorded his eighth shutout of the season in that win over Columbus, which tied a franchise record set years prior by Nikolai Khabibulin (1998-99) and Ilya Bryzgalov (2009-10).
It was also his third consecutive shutout at the time; he blanked both the San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks earlier that week and stopped a combined 136 shots over those three outings.
"Smitty's been unbelievable," then-head coach Dave Tippett said. "Time after time, he's made big saves for us and it's been an incredible run, but this is three games in a row now."
Smith's trinitarian showcase of perfection didn't come without flair, as shown by his second period save on James Wisniewski.
"Some of [the shots] just found a way to hit me," he told reporters after the game. "And that glove save was more desperation than anything else. I threw up a jammer … whatever you have to do, right? It was a lucky one."
Smith's shutout sequence was snapped the following game on April 6, 2012, though he allowed only one goal in a 4-1 win over the St. Louis Blues. He went 234:35 without allowing a goal, which is the 10th longest shutout sequence in modern-day NHL history.
Brian Boucher, another former Coyotes netminder, holds the modern-day NHL record with five consecutive shutouts from December 31, 2003 - January 9, 2004, a sequence of 332:01 without allowing a goal.
Smith also holds the franchise record for saves made (58) in a single game. That performance also came against the Blue Jackets -- on December 3, 2016.
Only Ben Scrivens has more saves in a shutout performance in NHL history than Smith, making 59 as a member of the Edmonton Oilers on January 30, 2014 against the San Jose Sharks.
The 2011-12 campaign was a career year for Smith, who registered bests in wins (38), saves (1,922), save percentage (.930), goals-against average (2.21) and shutouts (8).
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