Apr 7, 2012, 10:34 PM EDT
The Phoenix Coyotes’ future in Glendale might be cloudy, but their future on the ice never looked better. Los Angeles Kings may always wonder “what if?” Ryane Clowe didn’t interfere with that puck, but now the Kings and Sharks only have the seventh seed to fight over tonight because the Coyotes just won the Pacific Division thanks to a 4-1 victory against the Minnesota Wild.
Much like another non-traditional franchise, this marks the Coyotes’ first division title. Really, it’s a wonderful peak for the impressive Dave Tippett era.
Of course, there’s a big but: they haven’t won a playoff series under Tippett’s watch just yet. To climb that mountain, they must defeat the sixth-seeded (and star-packed) Chicago Blackhawks as the third seed. Stay tuned for more on that upcoming series.
- ‘We’re going into the cage,’ says Kings’ coach Sutter about Game 5 0
- Kings stave off elimination, force Game 5 against Sharks 21
- Wild hold off late Avalanche push to even series at 2-2 53
- Bruins scratch out OT win, push Red Wings to brink 42
- WATCH LIVE: San Jose Sharks at L.A. Kings 0
- WATCH LIVE: Colorado Avalanche at Minnesota Wild (Game 4) 5
- Monster of a surprise: Red Wings start Gustavsson over Howard 5
- WATCH LIVE: Boston Bruins at Detroit Red Wings (Game 4) 2
- Bylsma rips Penguins, calls effort level ‘troubling’ 64
- Cooke: I didn’t intend to collide knee-on-knee with Barrie 99
- Video: Seabrook ejected for charging Backes; will face hearing (update) (153)
- Bad luck strikes twice: Lightning goal waved off, Stamkos takes knee to head (137)
- Keith doesn’t remember if he taunted Backes after Seabrook hit (125)
- Video: Lucic spears DeKeyser from behind (118)
- Wild’s Cooke offered in-person hearing for knee-on-knee collision with Barrie (111)