After securing his 1,000th career point, Ray Whitney scored a goal
and Mike Smith recorded his second straight shutout as host Phoenix
moved into a tie for first place in the Pacific Division with Los
Angeles, taking a 4-0 victory over the Anaheim Ducks Saturday.Whitney became the 79th player in NHL history to reach
the milestone when he sent a cross-ice pass to Radim Vrbata, who beat
Jeff Deslauriers with a wrist shot high to the glove side on a 5-on-3
power play. Vrbata's 33rd goal came at 16:14 of the second period.
Forty seconds later, Whitney scored with the man advantage for his 24th goal, sending the Jobing.com Arena crowd into a frenzy.
Smith made 21 of his 44 saves in the first period and preserved his
seventh shutout and 18th career when he robbed Bobby Ryan from
point-blank range during a power play early in the third period.Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Antoine Vermette also had goals as Phoenix won two straight games for the first time since February.