Found April 07, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
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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 and will take on the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference quarterfinals.Boedker opened the scoring for the Pacific Division champions just over 5 1/2 minutes into the contest with his second goal in as many matches following an 11-game drought. Pyatt doubled the lead with six minutes left in the first period, burying a loose puck in the slot for his first tally in 18 games.Dany Heatley got Minnesota on the board with 6:07 remaining in the second, but Pyatt answered 31 seconds later to complete his first two-goal performance of the season. After being denied on a stuff attempt at ...
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