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Coyotes roll to 4-0 win over Flames

AP Sports Writer

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Phoenix jumped on a tired team early,
played sound in its own end and got another superb game from
goalie Mike Smith.

This is precisely the how the Coyotes need to play - and not a
bad way to head into a rare extended break during this
strike-shortened season.

Smith stopped 30 shots for his third shutout, Keith Yandle
scored in the opening minute of the first period and Mikkel
Boedker did the same to start a finishing flourish in the third,
lifting the Coyotes to a 4-0 win over the Calgary Flames Monday

"It's rewarding when we play the right way," Smith said after
his 22nd career shutout. "Tonight was a great win for our team,
a great confidence builder."

Playing in front of a standing-room only crowd at
Arena, the Coyotes attacked Calgary early, scoring 41 seconds
into the game on a rebound goal by Yandle for his fourth point
in two games.

Phoenix kept up the pressure to start the third, getting a goal
by Boedker 30 seconds in before pouring it on against a team
that played the night before.

Antoine Vermette and Raffi Torres scored later in the third
period and each had an assist. David Moss had two assists
against his former team and Oliver Ekman-Larsson had two assists
as well.

The Coyotes also were solid inside their blue line, forcing the
Flames out wide and cleaning up any rebounds that came off
Smith, winning for the sixth time in eight games.

"It was a solid game throughout, we did a lot of good things in
the game, so there are things we can reinforce during practice
and hopefully build some momentum on the road," said Coyotes
coach Dave Tippett, whose team doesn't play again until

Calgary faded in the final period after rallying the night

Goalie Danny Taylor seemed to recover after giving up the quick
goal to Yandle in his first NHL start, but couldn't sustain it,
giving up four goals on 37 shots. The Flames didn't help him
much, unable to get a puck past Smith after scoring three goals
in the third period to beat Dallas the night before.

"He was very calm and very poised for his first start in the
NHL," Flames coach Bob Hartley said. "I think he would have
liked to see the second goal (again), but at the same time, if
you don't score goals, you can't even look at what the goalie
did for you because you can't win if you don't score."

The Flames have played well lately despite their revolving door
of goaltenders.

Starter Miikka Kirprusoff hasn't played since Feb. 5 because of
a sprained knee and Calgary sent Leland Irving to Abbotsford of
the AHL after he gave up two goals on four shots in 5-2 loss to
St. Louis on Friday.

Joey MacDonald, picked up off waivers from Detroit last week,
earned his first victory with Calgary after the Flames rallied
with three goals in the third period for a 4-3 win over the
Stars on Sunday night, giving them at least a point in three of
four games.

Against the Coyotes, Hartley decided to go with Taylor, whose
only previous NHL experience was one period with the Los Angeles
Kings during the 2007-08 season.

Phoenix got to him right away, with Yandle punching in a rebound
after a sharp-angle shot from Moss, a former Flames forward,
caromed off Taylor into the slot.

The Coyotes beat Taylor again early in the third period when a
shot by Ekman-Larsson bounced hard off the back boards to the
other side of the goal. Taylor dropped to his knees as he
scrambled around the crease, but Boedker's shot slipped between
his legs and bounced off his right pad into the goal.

Vermette, who had an assist on Boedker's goal, scored later in
period by swatting the puck in during a scramble in front, and
Torres scored on a wrister from along the right boards.

"I feel like I can play this game at the NHL level, it's just a
matter of staying focused for 60 minutes," Taylor said. "If I'm
not in the moment all the time, it doesn't matter how good you
are, you're not going to play in this league."

The Coyotes have gotten back to their defense-first style after
a rough start to the season, earning at least a point in eight
of 10 games, including a pair of shutouts by Smith.

Smith was sharp again against the Flames, positionally sound and
tracking the puck well as the Coyotes limited the chances in
front of him in the first period.

He was just as good in the second when Calgary picked up the
offensive pressure, turning away 13 shots, including a snatching
glove save on a wrister by Lee Stempniak late.

The Coyotes limited the chances against Smith in the third
period and he stopped everything that got through the defense,
sending the Coyotes into a four-day break with a solid
all-around victory.

"We're building our games, no doubt about that," Vermette said.
"We're doing some good stuff. We obviously want to get better
every night, but we're obviously moving in the right direction."

NOTES: Willie O'Ree, the first black player in NHL history,
attended the game and received a loud ovation when he was
interviewed on the video scoreboard. ... The Coyotes played
without RW Radim Vrbata and D Derek Morris due to injuries. C
Matthew Lombardi and D David Schlemko also are on injured
reserve. ... Phoenix's Paul Bissonnette and Calgary's Tim
Jackman had a short fight in the first period that the officials
broke up when Jackman pulled Bissonnette's jersey over his head
and kept punching.

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