Found February 05, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Phoenix goaltender Mike Smith has a phrase for the way his team plays: Coyote-ugly. It looked beautiful to them Monday. "Like we said last year in the playoffs, it's the way we want to play," said Smith, who stopped 21 shots in defending Pacific Division champion Phoenix's 2-1 victory over Minnesota on Monday night at Jobing.com Arena. "It's the way we have to play to win hockey games. It's not the prettiest, but we give ourselves chances to win a lot of hockey games, and that's all you can ask for. We find ways to hunker down and get the job done. That's the difference between getting to the playoffs and not, finding a way to win these close games." Center Martin Hanzal got his fourth goal of the season, and his third in as many games, to put Phoenix ahead 2-0 at 7:48 of the second period. Smith held off the Wild the rest of the way, giving up only a goal to Zach Parise after a defensive giveaway midway through ...
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