The Blue Jackets might have played well enough to win a fourth consecutive game last night against the Phoenix Coyotes.

Goaltender Mike Smith made sure the outcome went the Coyotes' way.

The Blue Jackets took a franchise-record 54 shots but did not score against Smith, the hottest goaltender in the NHL who recorded a third consecutive shutout in a 2-0 Coyotes victory.

Smith increased his career-best shutout streak to 219 minutes, 59 seconds and frustrated the Blue Jackets more than any goalie they have faced in their 11-season history.

"I don't think you could ask for more," Coyotes center and former Blue Jacket Gilbert Brule said during the second intermission after Smith saved 39 shots through the first two periods.