NHL Game Summary - Colorado at Phoenix|
(Saturday, April 6th)
Final Score: Phoenix 4, Colorado 0
Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Mike Smith returned from a six-game absence
and posted 24 saves to notch his fifth shutout of the season, as the Phoenix
Coyotes blanked the Colorado Avalanche, 4-0, on Saturday at Jobing.com Arena.
Martin Hanzal and Shane Doan each registered a goal and an assist, while Boyd
Gordon and Mikkel Boedker also lit the lamp for the Coyotes, who have won
a season-high three straight games to move within two points of St. Louis for
the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Semyon Varlamov allowed all four goals on 28 shots for the Avalanche, who have
lost 14 straight on the road and sit last in the NHL with 29 points.
"It's been a tough stretch here," Avalanche coach Joe Sacco said. "We're
trying to do what we can as coaches to make sure the guys are staying positive
and sticking together."
Boedker opened the scoring just under two minutes in, as he charged down the
right wing and ripped a quick shot from the top of the right circle that beat
Varlamov to the far side to make it 1-0 at the 1:46 mark.
Phoenix erupted for three goals in the second to seize control, as Hanzal's
power-play marker at the 3:06 mark doubled the Coyotes' advantage.
Just under four minutes later, Gordon threw a shot on net from a sharp angle
near the Colorado goal line that banked off Varlamov's back and went in for a
3-0 lead at the 7:04 mark.
Doan then capped the three-goal frame at the 14:37 mark when he pounded home a
one-timer from in front off a nice feed from Radim Vrbata to make it 4-0.
Smith, who hadn't played since March 21 due to a head injury, stopped 19 shots
over the final two periods to secure his 24th career shutout.
"I didn't want to go in tonight and be tentative," Smith said. "I wanted to go
out there and do what I do."
Phoenix's three-game winning streak is the club's longest since it ended the
2011-12 regular season with five consecutive victories ... Colorado is 0-11-3
during its 14-game road skid and hasn't won away from Denver since beating
Minnesota on Feb. 14 ... The Avalanche are 2-15-3 on the road this season ...
Phoenix has won four straight against Colorado, including a 3-2 overtime win
in Colorado on Feb. 11 ... Phoenix improved to 13-7-1 at home this season.
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