Posted April 08, 2012 on
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The Phoenix Coyotes have been to the playoffs plenty of times, even without an owner the past two years.
Now, they finally have the one thing that had been missing: A division title.
With a 4-1 win over Minnesota Saturday night, Phoenix wrapped up the Pacific Division, its first division crown in 33 years as a franchise.
After everything the team went through, this may be the most impressive season for a franchise that started in Winnipeg and moved to the desert in 1996.
The Coyotes finished with 97 points, one ahead of San Jose. They open the playoffs at home Thursday night against the Chicago Blackhawks.
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The vintage? A 2011-12 division title.
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Never in the 33-year NHL history of the Phoenix Coyotes' franchise has it won a division title. Not as the Winnipeg Jets, and not in any of its previous stops in the Smythe, Norris and Central divisions.
Not even The Great One could lead the Coyotes to the top of the Pacific.
All of that would change with a victory Saturday night.
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Taylor Pyatt scored twice as Phoenix secured the franchise's first
division title since joining the NHL as the Winnipeg Jets in 1979 with a 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.Mikkel
Boedker and Radim Vrbata also tallied, defenseman Michal Rozsival added
two assists and Mike Smith made 23 saves for the Coyotes, who finished
the season with five straight wins...
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