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Smith stellar since Olympic break

Team Canada goaltender back in top form, confident about postseason chances

Updated: March 21, 2014, 1:06 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

You might not think hanging around chilly Russian practice rinks and watching games from the press box or locker room would be a catalyst for an NHL turnaround, but if the Phoenix Coyotes sneak into the playoffs, they'll have goalie Mike Smith's Olympic adventure to thank, at least in part.

The experience of third goaltenders at the Olympics -- which is what Smith was for Team Canada -- is always a hit-or-miss kind of thing. Outside of extreme circumstances, the third goaltender rarely ...

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