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Mike Smith stopped all 44 shots he saw in a 4-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.

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You wouldn't know it by looking at the scoreboard, but the Arizona Coyotes were the team that played last night in another city, while the Edmonton Oilers had a day of rest before the game.

But the Coyotes were highly opportunistic all game long as they cruised to a . Their timely goal scoring allowed Mike Smith to ease back into the lineup after missing more than three months of action after undergoing abdominal surgery.

Scoring Summary

First Period

1-0 Arizona: After Tobias Rieder led a rush into the Edmonton zone, he lost the puck near the top of the far-side faceoff circle. Martin Hanzal found the unattended puck and threw it on net. Viktor Tikhonov was in the right position to tip the puck behind Cam Talbot to give the Coyotes an early lead. Assist to Hanzal on the goal at 12:26.

Second Period

2-0 Arizona: Whatever has gotten into Antoine Vermette since the Trade Deadline ended, the Coyotes hope to pass along to the rest of the lineup. It was Vermette who created a two-on-one with Alex Tanguay. Vermette decided to keep the puck instead of passing, and rocketed a wrist shot past Talbot to double Arizona's lead. Assists to Shane Doan and Michael Stone on the goal at 6:56.

3-0 Arizona: The Coyotes received a five-on-three opportunity thanks to a Jordan Eberle holding call on Sergei Plotnikov and a Adam Cracknell delay of game penalty just six seconds later. On the ensuing five-on-three, rifled the puck around the perimeter until Alex Tanguay decided to skate the puck into the high slot. His shot through traffic beat Talbot to give Arizona a three goal lead. Assists to Michael Stone and Antoine Vermette on the five-on-three goal at 10:17.

Third Period

4-0 Arizona: A brutal turnover behind the net gave Antoine Vermette a multi-goal night. Cam Talbot fumbled the pass behind the net. The puck rattled around before coming to Antoine Vermette, who had no defenders in front of him and Talbot. He easily outmaneuvered Talbot and netted his second of the night. No assists on the goal at 9:34.

Stat Report

Arizona Coyotes Edmonton Oilers
First Period Shots 5 12
Second Period Shots 12 15
Third Period Shots 12 17
Total Shots 29 44
Power Plays 1 for 2 0 for 3
Faceoff Wins 41 25
Save Percentage 1.000 .862

Paw Prints

  • For the Edmonton reaction, check out The Copper & Blue
  • Oliver Ekman-Larsson missed his third game of the road trip, while Philip Samuelsson was called up on an emergency basis. He did not play.
  • Antoine Vermette now has nine points in his last five games.
  • Former Coyote Lauri Korpikoski took four shots in 16:33 minutes of ice-time. The man he was traded for, Boyd Gordon, had three shots in 14:23 minutes of ice-time.
  • The loss pushes the Oilers to 16-16-2 at home, and 27-37-7 overall.
  • Arizona loves playing Edmonton. Case in point:

Looking Ahead

Arizona has a four day break before they return to the ice against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night at Gila River Arena. Puck drop is at 7 PM Arizona time.