Smitty near perfect as Coyotes defeat Stars 2-1 in total TEAM effort


Well if not for a 5 on 3 goal Smitty had his 2nd straight shutout against the Stars.

Mar 9, 2013; Glendale, AZ, USA; Members of the Phoenix Coyotes celebrate after beating the Dallas Stars 2-1 at Arena. Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

20 was the magic number as Smitty saved 20 and Lehtinen only 19.  It seemed like many more shots including 2 key 5 on 3 power plays for Dallas.

Not only was Mike Smith poised his defense seemed to scrap, bang, check, hustle, poke, dig, block, and just about anything it took to thwart and agitate Dallas Saturday night.

Mid first period the dead lock was broken with a pretty goal set up by a nice keep in by Sullivan then a pass back to Ollie the Trolley who made a spin move and back hand centered to Doan who put it home. Shane Doan became the all-time leading goal scorer in Coyotes history.

Later the stars of the show, the defense came in with their fore check that produced a loose puck squirting out to Gordon who pass it over to a wide open Klinhammer who netted his first career NHL goal. It’s fun to see the infusion of young talent who seem to have so much zip in their skates. Sure you get the occasional penalty or rookie type mistake, but it makes it a lot more interesting.

Phoenix seemed to have most of the zip and momentum until a 5 on 3 created by a delay of game penalty that led to the Jagr goal. 2 – 1 after 2 periods of play.

After another 5 on 3 the Desert Dawgs survived a game Texas twinkler squad with a gutty 3rd period effort led by guys like the Big Z, Zbynek Michalek blocked a half dozen shots. Rob Kilnkhammer was the first star and was out there to the very end making many besides him smile ear to ear.

This was hockey the hard way as ‘Yotes fans are growing accustom to.  Dirty sticks and not much breathing room.

What’s awesome is raising the sticks by the players to their fans. I LOVE seeing a full house to root on our Coyotes….Everybody HOWL!