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Coyotes shut out Capitals in home finale

Smith makes 31 saves, Doan triggers three-goal third period

by Jerry Brown / Correspondent

Smith flashes leather on Ovechkin

WSH@ARI: Smith robs Ovechkin with the glove

4/2/16: Alex Ovechkin elects to shoot on a two-on-one, but his wicked wrist shot is stopped by Mike Smith's smooth glove save in the 2nd

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- For goaltender Mike Smith, a great start to the 2015-16 season disintegrated into struggles, injuries and finally an operation that kept him away from the Arizona Coyotes for three months. But in the final weeks of the season, a healthy Smith is showing that he's still capable of carrying the load.

Smith made 31 saves for his 30th NHL shutout, and Shane Doan and Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored 27 seconds apart early in the third period to help the Coyotes to a 3-0 win against the Washington Capitals at Gila River Arena on Saturday.

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Grubauer starts for Capitals against Coyotes

Washington goalie Holtby remains one win shy of tying NHL single-season record

by Jerry Brown / Correspondent

CAPITALS (55-16-6) at COYOTES (34-36-7)

TV: 10 p.m. ET; CSN-DC, FS-A, NHL.TV

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Braden Holtby's quest to tie the NHL record for single-season wins by a goaltender will have to wait one more game.

Holtby, who won his 47th game for the Washington Capitals on Friday against the Colorado Avalanche, will give way to backup Philipp Grubauer when they complete back-to-back games against the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday.

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