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NHL: Phoenix 3, San Jose 0

March 10, 2012 at 11:50 PM   |   Comments

GLENDALE, Ariz., March 10 (UPI) -- Mike Smith turned aside 42 shots in recording his fifth shutout of the season Saturday, carrying Phoenix to a 3-0 win over San Jose that ended a five-game skid.

The Coyotes' losing streak knocked them out of first place in the Pacific Division. Phoenix trails Dallas by three points for the division lead, but moved within three points of Chicago for the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference.

San Jose, which has lost five straight, slipped a point behind Colorado in the race for the final playoff berth in the West.

The five shutouts are a single-season high for Smith in his six-year career.

Mikkel Boedker and Michael Stone scored in the second period and Raffi Torres added a third-period goal.

Antti Niemi gave up the three goals on 29 shots.

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