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SAN JOSE -- Coyotes goalie Mike Smith made 31 saves in his 12th NHL shutout, and the Coyotes beat the San Jose Sharks, 3-0, on Saturday night at HP Pavilion.
Radim Vrbata, Boyd Gordon and Patrick O'Sullivan scored goals for Phoenix (8-4-3), which will play four more road games before its next home game on Nov. 23.
Smith won for the fifth time in six games, and posted his first shutout with the Coyotes and his first since April 3, 2011.
“I know (Mike) Smith from Dallas," Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said. "He has always been a good goaltender. I think it's a situation where the goaltender has to earn the trust of the players in front of him and they have to have the trust of their goaltender. Mike has come in and really stabilized that position. Our players have really fed off of how he has played.”
Smith handled the Sharks constant pressure in the third period and made 15 saves.
“It was a solid win," Tippett said. "We had a pretty good homestand and this was our first game on a long road trip and we wanted to play good in that first game. We wanted to redeem ourselves from the first game of the season (a 6-3 loss to the Sharks). We didn’t think we played very well in that game so we came out and had a very good effort from our goalie outward.”
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Vrbata put Phoenix ahead 1-0 with 5:39 left in the first period when he took Ray Whitney's missed shot after it bounced off the endboards and put a shot past Sharks goalie Thomas Greiss for his team-high sixth goal of the season.
The Coyotes made the score 2-0 with 32 seconds left in the first period when Gordon slipped a shot under Greiss' right pad (see KEY MOMENT below).
O'Sullivan made the score 3-0 by stuffing in a shot from the low slot at 12:55 of the third period.
Greiss made his first appearance since setting a modern NHL record for the longest relief win - going 62 minutes, 52 seconds against Pittsburgh on Nov. 3.
► EDITOR'S NOTE: Dave Vest of phoenixcoyotes.com compiled this recap.
|Radim Vrbata (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Ray Whitney (9), Martin Hanzal (8)|
1 - 0 PHX
|Boyd Gordon (3) Backhand shot - ASST: Raffi Torres (2), Lauri Korpikoski (3)|
2 - 0 PHX
|Patrick O'Sullivan (2) Tip-in - ASST: Kyle Chipchura (1), Adrian Aucoin (2)|
3 - 0 PHX
|Douglas Murray Holding against Mikkel Boedker|
|Adrian Aucoin Interference against Joe Pavelski|
|Logan Couture Interference against Oliver Ekman-Larsson|
|Keith Yandle Slashing against Andrew Desjardins|
|Patrick Marleau Interference on goalkeeper against Mike Smith|
|Kyle Chipchura Tripping against Joe Thornton|
|Radim Vrbata Slashing against Brent Burns|