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NHL: Phoenix 2, Columbus 0

April 4, 2012 at 1:55 AM   |   Comments

GLENDALE, Ariz., April 4 (UPI) -- Mike Smith made a team record 54 saves Tuesday to lead the Phoenix Coyotes to a 2-0 win over Columbus.

The win was Smith's third consecutive shutout and kept seventh-place Phoenix one point ahead of San Jose in the Western Conference playoff seeding.

Boyd Gordon and Gilbert Brule scored 2:03 apart in the second period to give the Coyotes the lead. Smith held fast in the third period as the Blue Jackets outshot Phoenix 15-3.

Allen York turned in 20 saves for Columbus. The Blue Jackets were 0-for-7 on the power play and had their three-game winning streak broken.

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