CALGARY, Alberta — Mike Smith says he’ll forever be indebted to the Arizona Coyotes. That didn’t take away from the satisfaction of shutting them out.
Smith stopped 28 shots to blank his former team, Mark Jankowski scored twice and the Calgary Flames beat the Arizona Coyotes 3-0 on Thursday night.
Smith picked up his second shutout of the season and 35th of his career. The 35-year-old was making his first start against Arizona since being acquired by Calgary via trade in June.
“They took a chance on me when I was bumping around there and really hadn’t found my way yet. I became a No. 1 goalie there in Arizona,” said Smith, who spent six years with the Coyotes.
“I owe a lot to them, but obviously it feels good to beat them. The shutout’s a bonus, but the way we beat them was a lot more rewarding for me.”
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Mikael Backlund also scored for Calgary. The Flames bounced back after opening their four-game homestand with a 4-1 loss to Toronto on Tuesday night.
Scott Wedgewood made 41 saves for the Coyotes.
Jankowski opened the scoring 2:48 into the second by showing an elite set of hands. Set up in front on a tic-tac-toe passing sequence with linemates Sam Bennett and Jaromir Jagr, Jankowski was stopped on his first try but put his stick between his legs to zip the rebound over Wedgewood’s glove.
“I was just skating by and with my momentum, my only real play was to go through the legs — just a reaction thing — and luckily it went in,” said Jankowski.
Calgary extended its lead…