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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Mike Smith turned away 29 shots to earn his third shutout of the season and the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Calgary Flames 4-0 before a sellout crowd of 17,208 at Jobing.com Arena on Monday.

Smith picked up his 22nd career shutout, and the Coyotes recorded their fourth win in their last five games.

Smith made perhaps his most difficult save late in the second period. That's when Lee Stempniak fired a wrist shot heading to the upper left corner, and Smith made a strong, glove save.

Phoenix scored goals in the opening minute of both the first and third periods to power the win.

In the first period, defenseman Keith Yandle, crashing down the slot, fired in his second goal of the season just 41 seconds into the game. Yandle's previous goal this season came against Nashville on Jan. 28.

In the third period, Mikkel Boedker's centering pass from the right of the net deflected off goalie Daniel Taylor's pads and into the net at 30 seconds.

Later in the final session, Antoine Vermette poked in his fourth of the season in a goal-mouth scramble at 9:27 of the period, and Raffi Torres added his second at 16:49.

Despite Yandle's goal in the opening minute of play, the teams settled into a tight defensive game. While Smith and Taylor were not severely tested, play in front was strong, and solid defenses eliminated good opportunities.

The Coyotes' defense, anchored by Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Zbynek Michlalek, was particularly effective in front of Smith and in the corners.

In protecting Taylor, the Flames were nearly equal. Defenseman Mark Giordano recorded six blocked shots alone the opening two periods.

Taylor made his season debut for the Flames on Monday. Recalled from Abbottsford on Feb. 6, the 26 year-old native of Plymouth, England, posted a 13-10-1 mark in the American Hockey League, but his 1.82 goals against was tops in the AHL.

From the start, he was tested but survived only a first period goal until Boedker's tally led to a third period leak of three goals.

It was just Taylor's second appearance in an NHL game, and his first since the 2007-2008 season.

NOTES: Flames' goalie Mikka Kiprusoff missed his seventh straight game. Injured (knee) in Detroit on Feb. 5, the Flames are 4-3-1 without him ... With a first-period assist, Phoenix forward David Moss picked up at least one point in his second straight game, the third time this season for former Flame. ... With the loss, Calgary completed a two-game road trip and now returns home for three straight. ... Yandle's first-period goal came off a three-assist game last Saturday against Columbus, and that tied his career mark for most assists in one game. ... Flames' defenseman Jay Bouwmeester played in his 602nd consecutive game, sixth on the all-time list. He is 28 games behind former Ranger Andy Hebenton. Doug Jarvis holds the record with 964 straight games.
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