Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 2/3/13
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Few things can bolster a goaltender's confidence like a shutout. Mike Smith stopped 17 shots for his 20th career shutout, and the Phoenix Coyotes blanked the Dallas Stars 2-0 Saturday night at Jobing.com Arena. "I thought he looked like (himself) out there," Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said. "It's the first game that he looked confident out there." Smith has struggled this season both in performance and health. He allowed 10 goals in the Coyotes' first two games, then went down with a lower-body injury in Phoenix's third contest. Smith missed four games before returning Friday night in the Coyotes' 4-3 shootout loss at Dallas. "Having a couple shaky starts and then getting injured wasn't the start I was looking for," Smith said. "Obviously, it wasn't a really busy night, but it was good to gain some confidence." Nick Johnson and Mikkel Boedker scored for the Coyotes, who have points in their past four games (2-0-2) after starting the season with one win...
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