Originally written February 17, 2012 on Fox Sports Arizona:
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Mike Smith posted his fourth shutout of the season after getting into first-period altercation with Anze Kopitar, Radim Vrbata tied a career high with his 27th goal and the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Los Angeles Kings 1-0 on Thursday night. Smith made 28 saves for his 15th career shutout, and Vrbata scored on a power play in the second period. The Kings, coming off a 4-2 win over Dallas in which they had only 16 shots on net, returned from their 2-3-1 Grammy trip with their seventh shutout loss of the season. It was the eighth time Los Angeles was held to fewer than two goals in its last 13 games (5-5-3) and the fourth time this season that the Kings lost by a 1-0 score. Vrbata scored while Kings defenseman Jack Johnson was serving a delay-of-game penalty for clearing the puck over the glass. Vrbata beat Jonathan Quick to the glove side with a 25-foot wrist shot from the right circle after getting a cross-ice pass from Ray Whitney. The goal was Vrbata's ni...
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