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Martin Hanzal

Smith stops 31 shots, Coyotes blank NHL-leading Capitals 3-0

The Washington Capitals have already clinched the best record in the NHL. They were playing for the second straight night and third time in four days.

The energy wasn't there, and the Arizona Coyotes pounced.

Mike Smith stopped 31 shots for his second shutout since returning from injury, Shane Doan and Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored 27 seconds apart early in the third period, and the Coyotes knocked off the NHL leaders 3-0 on Saturday night.

Brad Richardson also scored in the third and Max Domi had two assists in teaming with Doan on a dominant night by Arizona's second line.

"We were just playing hard enough," Washington coach Barry Trotz said....

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