The veteran got the shutout.The rookie dazzled with his goals.Mike Smith made 28 saves to blank his former team in his first regular-season game against them and youngster Mark Jankowski scored a pair of beautiful tallies as the Flames beat the visiting Arizona Coyotes 3-0 Thursday night. “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,” said Smith. “I think the last time I shut out the Coyotes was my first game in the NHL, so it’s been a long time since I did that.”Smith, who was acquired in an off-season trade with the Desert Dogs, started his first NHL game, got his first win and first shutout back on Oct. 21, 2006 again the then Phoenix Coyotes when he played for the Dallas Stars.Mikael Backlund scored the other marker for the homeside, which improved to 14-10-1 on the season.Scott Wedgewood was a bright spot for the Coyotes, making 41 saves to keep his team in the game for much of the night.Video: Smith, Jankowski lead Flames past Coyotes, 3-0There were plenty of great chances early but no goals, with the Coyotes edging the Flames 16-14 in shots over the opening 20 minutes.”The first period was a little busy but not https://www.styleflames.com/calgary-flames-jersey/curtis-lazar-jersey a whole lot of tough chances,” said Smith. “It was a solid effort from our group. We blocked a ton of shots and did a lot of good things in front of me.”In the second, Jankowski opened the scoring with a goal everyone will be seeing on the highlight reel https://www.styleflames.com/calgary-flames-jersey/mike-smith-jersey this week.After taking a pa s from Jaromir Jagr and being denied on his first attempt by Wedgewood, he grabbed the rebound and shot between his legs as he was almost behind the goal-line.”I saw the puck pop out there and my only real shot was to try and go through the legs,” said Jankowski. “Just a reactionary thing, not something I planned, and thank God it went in.”Smith made a handful of great saves in the second period, the best when he dove acro s and out of his net to stop a cro s-crease one-timer by Alex Goligoski with his glove.Just over five minutes into the third period, the Flames had a glorious chance to go up by a pair when team scoring leader Johnny Gaudreau redirected a lazer of a cro s-ice backhand pa s from Micheal Ferland but Wedgewood was able to get in front of it.Later in the frame, Gaudreau was stopped twice more by Wedgewood – once after driving to the net around two defenders, the second on a partial breakway soon after.The Flames finally got another puck past Wedgewood at 10:19 of the third, when Backlund scored his seventh goal of the season.After some hard work behind the net by linemates Michael Frolik and Matthew Tkachuk, it was the latter who threw a backhand pa s out to Backlund who one-timed it far-side.Le s than two minutes later, Jankowski potted his second of the game right off the face-off with another lovely ditty, grabbing the puck after Sam Bennett took the draw and going backhand, forehand around Wedgewood.The https://www.styleflames.com/calgary-flames-jersey/rasmus-andersson-jersey two clubs will meet three more times this season.ONE-TIMERSTkachuk, who was born in Arizona, played in his 100th career game Thursday night Smith is now four games short of 500 on his career The Flames have killed off 18 of the last 20 penalties they have taken in the past seven games .NEXT UPThe Flames host the Edmonton Oilers in a Hockey Night in Canada matchup Saturday (8 p.m., TV: HNIC, 360, Radio: Sportsnet960 The FAN). Come down early from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. for Hockey Happy Hour and enjoy food, drink and merchandise specials. You can get a 14 oz. domestic draught, 1 oz. highball, 6 oz. house wine, a cheeseburger or a pizza slice for just $5 each. As well, take an additional 10% of all regular-priced Fanattic merchandise.