DENVER (AP) -- Coyotes goalie Mike Smith paraded around the dressing room with a flashy replica of a championship belt slung over his right shoulder.
It was an easy giveaway for anyone wondering who the player of the game was for Phoenix.
Not that there was much room for debate.
Smith was cool under pressure as he stopped 39 shots to lift the Coyotes to a 4-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night.
"Smitty kept us in the game tonight," said Radim Vrbata, who scored two goals against his former team.
That Smith did, turning in one sensational save after another with the Avalanche spending quite a bit of time in the Coyotes' end. The 40 shots Smith faced were the most since the opener against San Jose when he saw 52 and gave up six goals.
"Strong goaltending," Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said. "We didn't play as well as we would like, but our goaltender hung in there and battled hard for us and we found enough to win."