NHL: Phoenix 3, Edmonton 1

April 11, 2013 at 12:48 AM

EDMONTON, Alberta, April 11 (UPI) -- Mike Smith took a shutout into the third period and made 29 saves Wednesday in bringing Phoenix a 3-1 victory over Edmonton.

In a battle of teams needing points to make the playoffs, the Coyotes jumped past Columbus and Dallas into ninth place in the Western Conference. Phoenix is a point behind Detroit for the final post-season spot in the West.

Boyd Gordon opened the scoring 37 seconds into the middle period and Antoine Vermette gave the Coyotes a 2-0 lead midway through the stanza.

Smith finally gave up a goal to Nail Yakupov 7:49 into the third, but that was all he allowed. David Moss clinched the victory with a power-play goal that came in the final 10 seconds.

The Oilers lost their fourth in a row and remained four points out of a playoff spot. Devan Dubnyk stopped 29 of 31 shots for Edmonton.

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