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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle and forward Radim Vrbata scored power-play goals and goaltender Mike Smith handed the Chicago Blackhawks their first shutout of the season in the 2-0 victory Friday at Jobing.com Arena.

Yandle scored 69 seconds into the game and Vrbata scored on a 5-on-3 advantage with 2 1/2 minutes remaining in the second period.

Vrbatra moved in from the high slot and put a shot between goaltender Corey Crawford's legs for a 2-0 lead with winger Brandon Saad and defenseman Michal Rozsival in the penalty box.

Smith made 29 saves, including one at point-blank range by forward Patrick Sharp with about seven minutes remaining in the second period. Smith recorded his second shutout of the season and third career shutout against the Blackhawks.

The Coyotes (27-20-10) moved a point ahead of Vancouver into eighth place in the Western Conference. They have not been as high as eighth since Jan. 10.

Crawford made 24 saves for Chicago (35-11-14), which entered the game with a league-high 207 goals, the only team with more than 200. The Blackhawks pulled Crawford with 2:16 remaining.

The Coyotes were on their first power play 61 seconds into the game and scored eight seconds later when Yandle put a shot from the left point past a screened Crawford that hit the inside of the far post and caromed into the net.

Center Antoine Vermette won a faceoff in his end and fed winger Mikkel Boedker to start the play. Vermette has a point in nine straight games, with eight goals and four assists.

Chicago had only one shot on goal in the first 12 minutes, the third time in six games that Phoenix held an opponent without a shot for at least 10 minutes.

Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris missed the final two periods with an upper body injury, leaving the team with five defensemen.

NOTES: Captain Mike Eruzione, Neil Broten and Buzz Schneider were among 10 members of the 1980 U.S. Olympic gold medal-winning hockey team honored in a pregame remembrance of the "Miracle on Ice." Eruzione, who scored the winning goal in the third period of a 4-3 victory over the Soviet Union in the 1980 semifinal game, took part in a ceremonial puck drop. "This is the first time an NHL team has ever asked the 1980 team to come to an event," Eruzione said. "We're all proud to celebrate the games coming up in Sochi and give the Olympians on both teams a great sendoff." ... Chicago F Patrick Kane missed the game to attend funeral services for his grandfather. Kane, who leads the Blackhawks with 63 points and is second in goals with 27, is one of 10 Chicago players in the Winter Olympics. ... Coyotes C Martin Hanzal (illness) did not dress. He has 14 goals and 36 points. ... Chicago played the final game of a pre-Olympic road trip while "Disney on Ice" occupies United Center. The Blackhawks were 3-0-2 in the first five games, including a victory over Western Conference contender San Jose. ... The Coyotes entered the game with an average of 2.79 goals per game, their highest rate since the 2005-06 season. ... Phoenix will play its final game before the Olympic break Saturday at Dallas.

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