Coyotes shut out Avalanche in Phoenix
By Jose M. Romero, Associated Press
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Mike Smith set a franchise record with his 22nd shutout, making 22 saves to back Brendan Perlini’s goal and help the Arizona Coyotes beat the Colorado Avalanche 1-0 on Monday night.
Perlini scored early in the second period and Smith made it stand, even through a flurry of activity in front of his own net in the final minute.
Calvin Pickard stopped 34 shots for Colorado, but the Avalanche were shut out for the 12th time this season.
Smith got his third shutout this season and the 33rd of his career, including five with Dallas and six with Tampa Bay.
The Coyotes started without captain Shane Doan, who appeared to be shaken up in a collision during warmups with teammate Jakob Chychrun. Radim Vrbata took Doan’s place on the third line until late in the first period, when Doan returned.
The 40-year-old Doan has played in all 68 of Arizona’s games this season. He is the Coyotes’ franchise leader in games played, goals, assists and points.
“It’s never fun colliding with him, but I’m glad he’s OK,” Chychrun said between the first and second periods.
In the first period, the teams combined for only nine shots on goal, and none in the final 9:14. Avalanche center J.T. Compher hit the post twice.
It took less than four minutes in the second for the Coyotes to get on the board. Peter Holland sent a pinpoint pass to Perlini on a rush, and Perlini’s wrist shot beat Pickard glove side.
The 20-year-old Perlini has 13 goals in 43 games this season and has scored in three straight.
Pickard kept the Avalanche in the game with several athletic saves. He stopped back-to-back point-blank shots from Jamie McGinn and Tobias Rieder just over halfway through the second period, and made the save of the night on Perlini at 14:27 of the period when he reached out to stop a shot on a 2-on-1 rush.
Pickard also deflected Max Domi’s breakaway shot a few minutes into the third period, and thwarted another Domi breakaway try at 14:37 of the period.
Smith moved into third place on the Coyotes’ wins list with 127. His shutout total passed former Coyotes goalies Ilya Bryzgalov and Nikolai Khabibulin.