Feb. 28, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith (41) shoots the puck up ice during the third period against the Vancouver Canucks at Jobing.com Arena. The Coyotes beat the Canucks 2-1 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE
Coyotes goalkeeper Mike Smith was named one of the Three Stars in the NHL for the month of February.
Phoenix Coyotes goalkeeper Mike Smith had himself a February to remember out on the ice, and the NHL took notice, naming Smith as one of the league's 'Three Stars' for the month of February, along with Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators and Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Smith went 11-0-0 over the last month, leading the league in wins as Phoenix earned 23 out of a possible 24 points to vault themselves atop the standings int he Pacific Division. Smith's 11-game winning streak set a new franchise record and is tied for the longest in the NHL this season.
His .952 save percentage was tied for the best mark of the month, ranking second in goals-against average at 1.42. Smith also had back-to-back shutouts Feb. 11 against the Chicago Blackhawks and Feb. 16 at the Los Angeles Kings, while owning a 171:26 shutout sequence that ended Feb. 18 against the Dallas Stars, the longest of his career.
The Kingston, Ontario native is tied for fifth in the League with 29 wins and ranks in the top 10 in goals-against average (2.24), save percentage (.927) and shutouts (four) in 50 appearances in goal this season.
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