Coyotes Tracks - April 8th, 2012 - PACIFIC DIVISION CHAMPIONS BABY

APR 7, 2012; St. Paul, MN, USA; Pheonix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith (41) celebrates the win with forward Lauri Korpikoski (28) and forward Boyd Gordon (15) after the game against the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center. The Coyotes defeat the Wild 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Marilyn Indahl-US PRESSWIRE

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.

phoenixcoyotes.com Interviews 04/07/2012
Keith Yandle talks about the celebration in the locker room after winning the Pacific Division Championship.

phoenixcoyotes.com Interviews 04/07/2012
Shane Doan talks about how it feels to wear the new Champions gear.

phoenixcoyotes.com Interviews 04/07/2012
Lauri Korpikoski talks about being the Pacific Divison Champs.

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.

Coyotes vs. Wild - 04/07/2012 - Phoenix Coyotes - RecapCoyotes vs. Wild - 04/07/2012 - Phoenix Coyotes - Recap

After 33 years, Coyotes finally get their title | foxsportsarizona.com

Coyotes Win Franchise's First Division Title with 4-1 Win Over Wild - Five For Howling

Minnesota Wild vs. Phoenix Coyotes: Game Recap - Hockey Wilderness

Phoenix Coyotes at Minnesota Wild Game Recap - 04/07/2012 | nhl.com

More links after the jump...

Coyotes News

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 News

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

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