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Ducks Vs. Coyotes: Anaheim Shutout Loss Moves Phoenix Into Tie For First With Kings

March 31, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith (41) makes the save on Anaheim Ducks center Nick Bonino (63) in the first period at Jobing.com.  Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-US PRESSWIRE
March 31, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith (41) makes the save on Anaheim Ducks center Nick Bonino (63) in the first period at Jobing.com. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-US PRESSWIRE

Mike Smith saved all 44 shots he faced as the Anaheim Ducks were shutout 4-0 by the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Arizona on Saturday night. The win for Phoenix put them into a tie with the Los Angeles Kings for first place in the Pacific Division with 91 points, with three games remaining.

The Ducks dominated the first period, attacking Smith with 21 shots to just seven for Phoenix, but Anaheim trailed 1-0 after 20 minutes. The Coyotes turned the tables in the second period, outshooting the Ducks 16-5 and they made it count, tallying three goals to put the game away.

Ray Whitney had a goal and an assist in the win for Phoenix.

Jeff Deslauriers saved 25 of 29 shots in the loss for Anaheim. The Ducks return home to host Edmonton on Sunday night at Honda Center.

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