Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith has become quite the nemesis of the San Jose Sharks.

Smith shut out the Sharks three times in 2011-12, and picked up right where he left off in his first appearance of the season series on Saturday afternoon at HP Pavilion. He entered the game looking for retribution for a terrible outing on Thursday against Chicago, when he was pulled after allowing six goals in less than two periods.

He got it.

Smith made 33 saves and stopped shootout attempts by Michal Handzus and James Sheppard in handing San Jose its fourth straight loss, 1-0 in a shootout. The Sharks are 0-2-2 during the losing streak.

“We didn’t really read too much into him tonight, to be honest,” Ryane Clowe said. “He was just in there again making great saves.”

Joe Thornton said: “He’s a good goalie. He’s big, patient, he’s playing deep, and he’s great playing the puck, too.”