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‘Hawks shut out for first time in nearly two years, Phoenix wins 2-0

Feb 7, 2014, 11:51 PM EDT

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On Friday, Mike Smith did what no goalie’s been able to in an awful long time.

Smith stopped all 29 Chicago shots faced at Jobing.com, registering a 2-0 shutout win for Phoenix — marking the first time the ‘Hawks have been shut out in nearly two full calendar years.

The last time Chicago was blanked during the regular season came on Feb. 25, 2012, a 4-0 defeat to the Kings. Since then, the ‘Hawks went the entire 48-game, lockout-shortened ’13 campaign without getting shut down, and made it through 59 games this year before running into Smith.

All told, Chicago went 126 regular season games scoring at least one goal.

While Smith was good on the night, this wasn’t just about goaltending. Chicago was without the services of leading scorer Patrick Kane (personal) and puck-moving defenseman Johnny Oduya (lower-body). Phoenix also played one of its more complete games of the season, holding a Chicago team that averages 33.4 shots per game (second in the NHL) to just 29.

As for the goals, Phoenix capitalized on the man advantage and got two PPGs from Keith Yandle and Radim Vrbata.

With the win, the Coyotes jumped ahead of Vancouver for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, and the Coyotes will play once more before the Olympic break — tomorrow night in Dallas. Chicago remained two points up on St. Louis for tops in the Central Division and now won’t play again until Feb. 27, against the New York Rangers.

  1. phxyotes - Feb 7, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    Smith is on fire as of late, the Canadian team should make him their number 1!

    • bsaures - Feb 8, 2014 at 12:21 AM

      Price has had 2 shutouts in the last 4 games he has been hotter than Smith has and has been much better overall than Smith has been this year

    • joey4id - Feb 8, 2014 at 10:42 AM

      Yeah! Right! as of late????? It doesn’t work that why. He’ll have to earn it in Sochi if given a chance. Right now nor Luongo or Price are #1.

  2. imthedudedude - Feb 8, 2014 at 12:27 AM

    Ar Ar arwhooooooo!

  3. blomfeld - Feb 8, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    CONGRATS TO BETTMAN’S EXPERIMENT IN THE DESERT ! :)

    No doubt, people like comrades Thailer, Proudliberal and others are celebrating tonight like it’s New Years eve 1999 … and good on them for that I say ! The bottom line friends is that the Black Hawk’s are ‘not’ all that which they’re cracked up to be and we ‘cool’ California teams along with our brothers from Arizona are going to make certain that they come to appreciate that fact ! Anyway, with this glorious Coyote’s victory, Sister Sledge has now been statistically ‘removed’ from the equation … like as if that was ever in doubt eh ? :)

    ps: did you guys notice the sentence above which read … “the last time the Chicago was blanked during the regular season came on Feb. 25, 2012, a 4-0 defeat to the glorious Kings of Los Angeles” ? … you just gotta love it man ! :)

    • bsaures - Feb 8, 2014 at 1:32 AM

      I dont think your in any position to chirp considering Chicago is ahead of LA by 14 points, been shutout 3 of the last 7 games have only scored 7 in the last 7 and only won 2 of their last 11. Even Buffalo has a better record over their last 10 games

      • blomfeld - Feb 8, 2014 at 2:00 AM

        Person A: Hey man, who won the last SC based on a ‘full’ 82 x game season ?

        Person B: Can’t say for sure man, but I’m pretty sure it was some team from LA …

      • bsaures - Feb 8, 2014 at 2:27 AM

        ooo you must be so proud 1 cup in almost 50 years. Must suck knowing that your team is the third best team….in California. 3rd is being generous the Kings arent even close to San Jose or Anaheim this year its just sad. Then again when your captain is on pace for 22 points while playing in almost every game you cant expect much out of the team they will be out of the playoffs by March.

      • blomfeld - Feb 8, 2014 at 1:17 PM

        Listen Bizarre …

        Two years ago on this very date we Kings weren’t even in a playoff position. In fact, we only got in on the last day of the season. Well we all know what happened next eh ? Not only did we Kings go on to win the Stanley Cup, we also made the entire WC and NJ Devils look like Girl Guides in the process ! And despite being mauled by ‘primates’ in rounds 1 and 2, we almost did it again last spring ! So save your gibberish which is essentially nothing more than unabashed ‘fear’ for what’s coming next ! … quite understandable mind you.

      • jimeejohnson - Feb 8, 2014 at 2:38 PM

        If everybody had a Pacific Ocean…

      • bsaures - Feb 8, 2014 at 2:39 PM

        No one fears a King who almost never sits on the throne, the only other time they have come close they were thoroughly defeated as pretenders and liars they are by the true Kings of the league The Montreal Canadiens. Even using illegal equipment they could not even come close to the greatness of the true rulers of the NHL.

        A King in name only is no true King. Los Angeles is more suited to being the court Jester given how much of a joke their franchise has been.

      • blomfeld - Feb 8, 2014 at 4:03 PM

        “they could not even come close to the greatness of the true rulers of the NHL” …

        Yeah whatever … and Louis XIV once took ‘3 out of 4′ crochet matches in a ‘friendly’ against the Marquis de Montcalm back in 1782. Save the history lesson Bizarre because that’s all you Les Habitants are … history ! In fact, one would have to literally go to a museum to find anything even ‘remotely’ linking the Montreal Canadiens to greatness, such has been your team’s ‘complete & utter’ ineptness during the past 35 x years. I remember ’93 very well, as that was a fun time for us Kings. However I also remember how your ‘furtive’ coach used an underhanded & unethical ploy (McSorely) to derail our enterprise just as we were poised to carry the day … something which ‘decent & values-driven’ hockey fans everywhere at the time viewed with abhorrence and disdain.

        Nonetheless, it’s now 2014 and the new balance of NHL power today lies clearly in California, with Staples Center being the epicenter. In fact, we Stanley Cup Champion LA Kings make you Habitants look like some ‘beer league’ team in every conceivable way … you know that, I know that, everyone knows that. I even seem to recall us Kings whopping your butts to the tune of 6-0 not too long ago ? :) The bottom line pal is that it’s ‘you’ people who need to zip it, not us SC Champion LA Kings, winners of the last Stanley Cup based on a complete and ‘asterisk-free’ 82 x game schedule !

        GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • bsaures - Feb 8, 2014 at 4:20 PM

        That Beer league team has a better record than your Kings do bud.

        How is it Unethical for a coach to call out a player breaking the rules. McSorley was the one being unethical and cheating and he paid the ultimate price for it. You live by the sword you die by the sword. Considering that Montreal won that series 4-1 it was of little consequence and just a excuse for LA fans to hide the fact the better team won.

        How have the Canadiens been inept for the last 35 years that takes us back to 1978 which montreal has won the cup 4 times since then (3 more than your joke of a franchise LA).

      • blomfeld - Feb 8, 2014 at 4:54 PM

        Bizarre – exactly 35 years ago today was Feb 8th 1979, not 1978 … anyway, if you recall, your Habs at the time would win their final cup that year (76-79) before being usurped the following spring by the Islanders as supreme NHL champions (80-83) … so notwithstanding anomalies in ’86 and ’93, I would submit to you that your Habs have never been the same since, and nor will they ever be the same again in the foreseeable future … on the other hand, we LA Kings are the reigning Stanley Cup Champions based on our glorious victory in 2012 when we ‘smashed’ everything that came before us ! … of course the Hawks and their fans would argue otherwise and that’s to be expected … nonetheless, we all know that what they’re claiming makes about as much sense as Tiger Woods trying to claim victory at the Masters after completing only 10 of 18 holes on Sunday !

      • bsaures - Feb 8, 2014 at 5:17 PM

        Anomalies? going to the finals 3 of 7 years and winning 2 are not anomalies thats a good team that seriously contends for 7years. That 7 year stretch represents more sucess than the Kings have had in almost half a century.

        A real Anomaly is a average LA team that gets hot goaltending for a couple months and wins a Stanley cup after not making the playoffs 6 of the previous 8 years and winning a playoff series once in the previous 15 seasons.

      • blomfeld - Feb 8, 2014 at 7:39 PM

        Yes Bizarre, ‘anomalies’ they were indeed …

        Fact # 1 – if Steve Smith doesn’t score on his own net in ’86, then Gretzky and the Oilers would have gone on to ‘crush’ you guys in the final …

        Fact # 2 – if Jacques Demers doesn’t resort to underhanded tactics in ’93, then we Kings would have gone back to LA up 2-0 in the series and the rest would have been history … here’s a piece from your own newspaper at the time:

        PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE ON JUNE 4, 1993

        MICHAEL FARBER
        THE GAZETTE

        The Canadiens were about to march to death row last night when in a reversal worthy of Perry Mason, they threw the book – the rulebook – at the Los Angeles Kings.

        Check the stick.

        Get away with murder.

        Eric Desjardins 3, Los Angeles Kings 2 in overtime.

      • bsaures - Feb 8, 2014 at 8:17 PM

        Blew fellas – Wow you are really reaching if you are saying something that happened in the QUARTERFINALS changed the outcome of the FINALS weak sauce even for you.

        Any newspaper would write a article about how hard it is to come from 2 games down but for montreal they didnt and proceeded to win the next 3 games. Where ur excuse for those three games bub? Was Greztky’s tummy upset? Did Bob Gainey say mean things about Blakes mom? Cmon lets here them

        Face it if the LA organization wasn’t made up of morons they would make sure that their players are using legal stick and there would have been no penalty and Montreal would have got a delay of game penalty. No wonder they went into Bankruptcy a few years later.

      • blomfeld - Feb 9, 2014 at 12:19 AM

        look Bizarre … I was born in Montreal and I grew up there as a young fan of hockey, so I ‘know the deal’ man … the Canadiens have by far the richest history in terms of ‘accomplishment’ of any hockey team in existence, bar none … however it’s a new dynamic today and they’re sadly ‘not’ in the conversation when it comes to today’s powerhouses … but perhaps they will be again one day ? … one can only hope.

        Blomfeld’s Favorite Hockey Players of All Time !

        1) Bobby Orr
        2) Vladislav Tretiak
        3) Jean Beliveau :)
        4) Valeri Kharlamov
        5) Wayne Gretzky

        soyez bons mon ami !

      • slysipops - Feb 9, 2014 at 11:51 AM

        those kind of facts are missed by persons in the groping mode !

    • jhaegs - Feb 8, 2014 at 3:23 AM

      I’m more surprised that the Kings use to score 4 goals in a game, instead of in a week…

      • blomfeld - Feb 8, 2014 at 4:10 PM

        *** earlier today at a sporting goods store ***

        Jhag: hi asshole … listen, do you sell Les Habitants brassieres here ?

        Blomfeld: guards, if you please …

        Jhag: wait a minute, what’s going on here ?

        Guards: shut up ! … KAPOW !! .. KABOOM !! .. KAZAM !!

      • bsaures - Feb 8, 2014 at 4:41 PM

        *** last weekend at Blomfeld family reunion***

        Blomfeld: why are all my ex-girlfriends here?

      • blomfeld - Feb 8, 2014 at 5:06 PM

        Bizarre – trust me friend, my ‘ex’s’ are about the only family I have left … and God forbid that they ever close rank and invite me to a reunion … it would likely be the ‘last’ party I ever attend … :(

      • slysipops - Feb 9, 2014 at 11:57 AM

        priceless !

    • joey4id - Feb 8, 2014 at 10:43 AM

      blomfeld, you never miss an opportunity to plug your Kings! :-)

      • blomfeld - Feb 8, 2014 at 1:30 PM

        “You’re either Selling or UnSelling your company or cause … there is no in between ”

        Joey – being the salesman that I am, this phrase has always been one of my favorites from way back in the day … so true eh ? … anyway, I’ve got a feeling that we Kings ‘righted the ship’ the other night and that we’ve now got these teams like Anaheim and Chicago ‘exactly’ where we want them … you just gotta love it man ! :)

        GO JOEY !!!

        GO LA KINGS !!!

        GO RADIOACTIVE-FREE TAP WATER IN THE SOCHI HOTEL ROOMS !

        ps: and GO OVI too ! :)

      • jimeejohnson - Feb 8, 2014 at 2:39 PM

        Go blomfeld! Keep up the homerisms!

    • slysipops - Feb 9, 2014 at 11:46 AM

      good thing for you that some OLD history gives hope to hang onto , BLOMS !

  4. w3bstur - Feb 8, 2014 at 12:30 AM

    Awesome, awesome win, on so many levels. LET’S GO COYOTES!

  5. comeonnowguys - Feb 8, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    It sucks to lose a game like that at home with the crowd behind you like that. Ah well.

  6. kingsofhockey - Feb 8, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Same with LA!
    If by 2 years you mean last week

    • jimeejohnson - Feb 8, 2014 at 2:40 PM

      If by 2 years you mean last week, you need a better calendar.

  7. thebigwhitecat - Feb 8, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    blomfeld – see you in the Western Conference Finals.

    Put up or shut up.

    Go Hawks!

    • blomfeld - Feb 8, 2014 at 9:55 PM

      Don’t worry friend, we’ll be there alright … just make sure that you people are too eh ?

    • slysipops - Feb 9, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      IF…the KINGS make it !

    • slysipops - Feb 9, 2014 at 12:14 PM

      OKAY now, i think all readers can, or would agree, that we have heard BLOMFELD has rode the 82 game nag into to grave eough ! i mean talk about riding a horse hard and putting it away wet ! come on BLOMS…. again ALL teams play the same amount games in a season ! you do agree with that …i hope and pray that that your not suffering from dementia ! SO now are you trying to set up another excuse ( olympic split season ) if the KINGS don’t make the playoffs or bow out early ( again ) ! have a good calm day my friend !

  8. slysipops - Feb 9, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    coming from a BLACKHAWKS fan…………….. the game was an UGLY way to enter into the break !

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