Posted March 11, 2012 on AP on Fox

PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 02: Mike Smith #41 of the Tampa Bay Lightning skates against the Philadelphia Flyers on November 2, 2009 at Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Flyers won the game 6-2. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
All Mike Smith needed was some rest. After taking a few days off, Smith returned to the Coyotes net and stopped 42 shots in Phoenix's 3-0 win over the San Jose Sharks Saturday night. Mikkel Boedker and Michael Stone scored second-period goals, and Raffi Torres added his 12th of the season early in the third for the Coyotes, who snapped a five-game losing streak. Phoenix has 78 points and is seventh in the Western Conference. Smith was held out of the Coyotes' 3-2 shootout loss to Minnesota on Thursday. ''I did not played my best in the last week, and it's a tough time of the year not to play up to your potential,'' Smith said. ''This was a gusty win for the team, and showed why we can be a good hockey team.'' Smith earned his 16th NHL shutout, and the fifth this season. Smith's previous shutout was Feb. 16 against the Kings. Rest and work with goalie coach Sean Burke helped Smith get back to his winning ways. Antti Niemi made 26 saves for San Jose, which has lost five straight...
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