Coyotes Shut Out Oilers in Mike Smith’s Return

The Arizona Coyotes defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-0 Saturday night for their second road win in a row, backed by the solid work of goalie Mike Smith in his return from injury after 40 games. Smith made 44 saves to earn the 29th shutout of his nine-year career.

The game was scoreless through 13 minutes when Viktor Tikhonov deflected a Martin Hanzal puck past Edmonton goalie Cam Talbot. Antoine Vermette scored two goals and Alex Tanguay another. Vermette has four goals and five assists in the last week.

Oilers coach Todd McLellan said, “The smarter team won the game, hands down. We had 44 shots on net, but other than Taylor [Hall’s] breakaway, I don’t recall having one single outnumbered rush. On the other end, we gave up five or six clear-cut 2-on-1s.”

The Coyotes have four days off before returning to Gila River Arena to play the San Jose Sharks Thursday at 8 p.m. MDT. Arizona has lost both meetings this year, a 4-1 road defeat in February and a 3-1 home loss a month earlier.