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|Smith Too Good as Coyotes Clinch Series
|CHICAGO (AP) -- Mike Smith made 39 saves and the Phoenix Coyotes scored three times in the final period to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-0 on Monday night and capture their opening-round series in six games.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored in the second and Gilbert Brule, Antoine Vermette and Kyle Chipchura had goals in the third as the Coyotes won a first-round series for the first time since moving to Phoenix for the 1996-97 season. It is the first series triumph for the franchise since 1987 when it was still the Winnipeg Jets.
The Coyotes won all three games at the United Center, Monday night's game was the first in the series not to be decided in overtime, and now move on to play Nashville in the conference semifinals.
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