Last night the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Minnesota Wild 4-1, and for the first time in franchise history became the Division Champions. With this the comes the third seed in the Western Conference, and home ice against the Chicago Blackhawks, although the Yotes were dangerously close to playing the Red Wings again, something nobody was really looking forward too. This is really a time for the fans to celebrate, a first ever Division Title, but the Yotes are going to be looking forward to the first round of the playoffs, and thanks to play this season from people like Mike Smith, Ray Whitney, and Radim Vrbata, they may go deeper into the playoffs then they have before. After all, this is a season of firsts for the Desert Dogs.
Coyotes vs. Wild Post Game News
Coyotes clinch first-ever Pacific Division championship | azcentral.com
The Coyotes winning the Division got top story on azcentral's website, as it should.
Chirbit - Mike Smith - walshtodd - share audio easily
Talking with Goaltender Mike Smith about the win.
Chirbit - dave tippett - walshtodd - share audio easily
Talk with Coach Tippett about the win against the Wild and winning the Division and how its going to effect their playoffs.
More links after the jump...
Barry Melrose picks Mike Smith as Mullet of the Year winner | ProHockeyTalk
He's a big part of the reason the Coyotes are going to the playoffs for the third straight season. I would prefer he got the Vezina but this is certainly deserved.
Coyotes Win First Division Title in Franchise History - Phoenix Coyotes - News
The Coyotes won the 2011-12 Pacific Division title on Saturday night with a 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild.
Phoenix Coyotes take Pacific Division for first time | ProHockeyTalk
The scrappy 'Yotes take the third seed.
Phoenix Coyotes, Florida Panthers clinch first division titles in franchise history | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
The Coyotes weren't the only ones to make franchise history last night.
Pirates pull even in playoff race | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram
Portland is tied for the last playoff spot in the East after its 5-4 shootout victory against Worcester. A name you may recognize scored in the shootout, one Marc-Antoine Pouliot.
News From Around the Hockey World
We've Still Got A Long Way To Go: Blackhawks 2 - Scum 2 (Hawks Win Quarters) - Second City Hockey
The Chicago Blackhawks decided to be nice to us before we meet them in the playoffs. They beat the Red Wings but they allowed them keep their 5th place spot so we don't have to play them.
Sharks beat Kings in OT, final two playoff matchups set | ProHockeyTalk
If the Coyotes had only gotten one point instead of 2 they would have still taken the division. San Jose will meet St. Louis and Los Angeles will take on Vancouver.
Patrick Kane in the shootout is pretty much unfair | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com
You gotta imagine the Coyotes coaching staff were not excited when they saw this shootout goal. The Yotes are going to want to watch Kane and not let him do anything crazy like this during the game.
Boston College wins NCAA hockey championship again, and no one is surprised | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
In your NCAA news Boston College wins the NCAA Hockey Championship.
NHL Western Conference Playoffs set: Quick analysis of the first-round series | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Puck Daddy does a quick preview of the first round of the Western Conference. They are leaning towards the Coyotes winning the first round.
Playoff matchups: Blackhawks hope to overpower Coyotes | ProHockeyTalk
Phoenix carries the third seed against sixth-ranked Chicago. The Coyotes are of course 3-1-0 against the Blackhawks this year.
Brian Elliott sets NHL’s modern-era goals-against record | ProHockeyTalk
He finished the year with a 1.56 GAA, better than Miikka Kiprusoff's mark from 2003-04.
Canucks win second consecutive Presidents’ Trophy | ProHockeyTalk
Vancouver beats Edmonton 3-0, heads into playoffs as NHL's top seed.
Henrik Lundqvist, Rangers Goalie, Rises to N.H.L.’s Top - NYTimes.com
A nice profile on Hank.
The Final Howl
Become a fan of Five For Howling on Facebook, follow us on Twitter (Five For Howling - @Five4Howling, Travis - @NewTravisHair, Jordan - @JordanEllel, Carl - @CP2Devil, Ben - @BenShroyer, Ally - @allyblogsworld, Valerie - @SunDogGirlAZ, The Dude - @CoyotesDude), or subscribe to the RSS feed. Email us by clicking the envelope icons at the bottom of the page.