54 saves in Smith’s 3rd straight shutout

Mike Smith stopped 54 shots and earned his third straight
shutout in the Phoenix Coyotes’ 2-0 victory Tuesday night over the
Columbus Blue Jackets.

Boyd Gordon and Gilbert Brule scored 2:03 apart in the second
period to provide the only offense Smith needed. Phoenix is seventh
in the Western Conference and leads San Jose by one point with two
games remaining.

Smith extended his scoreless streak to 219 minutes, 59 seconds,
and posted his eighth shutout of the season and his 19th in the
NHL. Smith (36-18-10) survived seven Columbus power plays and tied
the franchise’s single-season shutout mark set by Nikolai
Khabibulin in the 1998-99 season and matched by Ilya Bryzgalov in
2009-10.