Smith makes 44 saves in return, Coyotes beat Oilers 4-0

Published Mar. 13, 2016 1:42 a.m. ET

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Mike Smith made 44 saves in his return from a 40-game injury absence and Antoine Vermette had two goals and an assist to help the Arizona Coyotes beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-0 on Saturday night.

It was the 29th shutout of Smith's career and his second this season. He returned after having surgery to repair a core muscle injury.

Viktor Tikhonov and Alex Tanguay also scored for the Coyotes, who have won two straight on the road on the heels of a franchise-record 10-game losing streak as the away team.

Cam Talbot stopped 25 shots for the Oilers, who have lost two of their last three.