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Associated Press, Published April 07 2012

Pyatt scores two as Coyotes beat Wild for first division title

MINNEAPOLIS – Taylor Pyatt scored two goals and Mike Smith made 23 saves to help the Phoenix Coyotes clinch the first division championship in franchise history with a 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night.

Former University of North Dakota player Chay Genoway made his NHL debut for the Wild, picking up an assist.

Phoenix 2 1 1 – 4

Minnesota 0 1 0 – 1

First period: 1, Phoenix, Boedker 11 (Doan), 5:34. 2, Phoenix, Pyatt 8 (Gordon, Rozsival), 13:57.

Second period: 3, Minnesota, Heatley 24 (Koivu, Genoway), 13:53. 4, Phoenix, Pyatt 9 (Korpikoski, Rozsival), 14:24.

Third period: 5, Phoenix, Vrbata 35 (Whitney, Smith), 1:19.

Shots on Goal – Phoenix 11-7-10 – 28. Minnesota 4-12-8 – 24.

Goalies: Phoenix, Smith 38-18-10 (24 shots-23 saves). Minnesota, Backstrom 19-18-7 (28-24).

A – 18,864 (18,064). T – 2:18.