The 33rd time was the charm.
Following three-plus decades of also-ran finishes, the Phoenix Coyotes are finally sipping the champagne that eluded such franchise greats as Dale Hawerchuk, Teemu Selanne, Keith Tkachuk, Jeremy Roenick, Teppo Numminen, Nikolai Khabibulin and Sean Burke.
The vintage? A 2011-12 division title.
Gone are those bitter memories of Game 7 losses to Anaheim, St. Louis and Detroit. Gone is the detritus of the Wayne Gretzky-Mike Barnett years. Gone, for the moment, is the talk of ownership uncertainty.
In its place is a remarkable achievement that came against long odds: the franchises first division title in its 33-year history.
"Weve gone through some trials and tribulations, coach Dave Tippett said Saturday night. There were some times when it could have turned the other way, and our guys grabbed it. We kept pushing along and we ended on a real good streak."
Mikkel Boedker and Taylor Pyatt scored first-period goals to remove the suspense quickly Saturd...