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Phoenix Coyotes take Pacific Division for first time

Apr 7, 2012, 10:34 PM EDT

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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.

  1. vshehane - Apr 7, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    Congrats to the Coyotes. Now go beat the Blackhawks and shut up all their band wagon fans.

  2. comeonnowguys - Apr 7, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    You can play the “what if” game with Clockgate, as well. To be fair.

  3. sergio408 - Apr 7, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    Pacific Division Title
    To: Phoenix Coyotes
    From: Ryan Clowe With Love

  4. rico33rd - Apr 8, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Too bad they have to deal with all the BS. Kansas City, Or Quebec would embrace a team like this.

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