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. -- Mike Smith stopped 29 shots for his first shutout of the season, Antoine Vermette had a power-play goal in the first period, and the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Vancouver Canucks 1-0 on Thursday night. In a game full of penalties and killed power plays, the Coyotes got stellar goaltending and just enough offence while the Canucks continued to struggle on the offence. Phoenix also got a break on a reviewed goal in the third period. Vancouver lost for the eighth time in nine games as an apparent goal from captain Henrik Sedin near the midpoint of the third was waved off after a replay review. Smith stopped Kevin Bieksas shot but the rebound came to Sedin, who knocked the puck into the net with his body. The Canucks have one goal in their last three games and lost all three on their road trip to Southern California and Arizona. Still, Vancouver had a chance to draw even after a high-sticking double-minor against centre Martin Hanzal. The Canucks were on a power play for all but the last 4 seconds of the game, with six attackers for the final minute, but failed to score. The teams combined for five power plays in the first period, three for the Canucks and two for the Coyotes. Phoenix scored on its second man-advantage situation with 7:09 remaining in the period. Keith Yandle faked a shot from the point and passed to Vermette in front of the red line almost directly to goalie Eddie Lacks left. Vermette took the tough-angle shot and the puck glanced off a Canucks defender and past Lack. Earlier, Lacks reflexes kept the game scoreless when he turned away a good opportunity for Oliver Ekman-Larsson at the 6:18 mark. The Canucks started the second period on a power play that didnt produce results. Daniel Sedin had an open net 4:32 into the period, but his shot sailed high and over the goal. The Coyotes had a 3-on-1 chance with just over 8 minutes left in the second, but Lack stretched out to stop Radim Vrbatas shot and the Canucks cleared the puck, to the delight of a large contingent of blue-clad Vancouver fans inside Jobing.com Arena. Ekman-Larsson hit the post with a shot with 24 seconds left in the period and the Coyotes on their fifth power play of the game. Vancouvers penalty minutes were an improvement from the 142 combined from the Canucks previous two games. The Canucks had several good chances in the third period but Smith turned them away each time, including a save on Brad Richardsons wrist shot with no defender in front of him at the 1:20 mark. NOTES: The Coyotes improved to 16-7-3 this season when scoring first. ... Phoenix waived D Rostislav Klesla before Thursdays game, and activated D Zbynek Michalek from injured reserve. It was the first game action for Michalek since Dec. 17 at Montreal, when he suffered a lower body injury. ... Canucks G Roberto Luongo missed his sixth straight game with an ankle injury. ... Phoenix and Vancouver meet twice more this season, once in each city.Khalil Mack Kids Jersey
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. Obama said Tuesday hes grateful for the role the team played in helping heal the city after the terror attack. He said sometimes sports seems trivial, but it can bring people together like almost nothing else. Red Sox slugger David Ortiz at one point took a selfie of himself and the president as a keepsake.LONDON - Belgium centre back Thomas Vermaelen signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal on Tuesday, boosting the Premier League club as it struggles to recover from the exits of playmakers Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri. The 25-year-old Vermaelens contract was due to expire in the summer of 2013, which would have left Arsenal in a difficult position had he not agreed a new deal by the end of this season. "Our plan is always to sign top-quality players and with Thomas extending his contract, we have done just that," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. "Thomas is a special player, who has always made a huge contribution on the pitch." The north London club didnt disclose the length of Vermaelens new deal. The Belgian defender enjoyed a superb first year at Arsenal following his move to the Emirates from Ajax in 2009, but missed almost the whole of last season because of an injury to his Achilles in his right leg. Khalil Mack White Jersey
. . He is currently out of action with a left ankle injury. "I always had the intention to stay here," said Vermaelen, who captains his national team. "I feel there is a big belief in me from the club, from the boss and from the fans and that is one of the reasons why I stayed." The north London club has struggled to 10th place following the sales of Fabregas to Barcelona and Nasri to Manchester City and will hope the move also helps convince captain Robin van Persie to sign an extension. Van Persies contract is up at the end of the 2012/13 season and the Netherlands striker has indicated he is not yet ready to sign a new deal. ' ' '