Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 4/7/12
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 the right post, Pyatt flipped his own rebound past Niklas Backstrom for a 3-1 lead.

Vrbata added insurance 79 seconds into the third with a blast from the outer edge of the right faceoff circle.

Backstrom stopped 24 shots for the Wild, who had gone beyond regulation in each of their previous five games (4-0-1).
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