April 23, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith (41) during the first period against the Chicago Blackhawks in game six of the 2012 Western Conference quarterfinals at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-US PRESSWIRE
Mike Smith-39 saves on 39 shots, 16 in the first period alone. Hit in the crease, defensemen go down with injuries all around him. Smitty just picked up the team for 50 minutes and said “I got this.” Dave Tippett said the hockey Gods smiled on this team.
Apr. 3, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson (23) congratulates goalie Mike Smith (41) after the 2-0 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Jobing.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE
OEL-1 PP goal. Over 26 minutes of ice time logged. Smooth and unshakeable skater. 3rd Star. GAME and SERIES winning goal over Chicago.
I grew up in Western New York and learned the game thanks to a wildcat feed of Hockey Night in Canada and listening to Ted Darling and Rick Jeanneret call Sabres games.We played street hockey all year long and I wanted to be Gilbert Perrault. Fast forward, I live in Arizona with a beautiful wife whom I converted into a rabid fan of hockey (seeing Matthew Lombardi sans helmet was the clincher). My daughters play in CAHA and want to be Shane Doan. I have a dog named Gretkzy. I want to be Shane Doan.