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Phoenix Coyotes Deliver Knock-Out Punch To The Chicago Blackhawks

The Coyotes defeated the Blackhawks 4-0 and the only goal needed by Phoenix was this power play blast from Oliver Ekman-Larsson.

Without a doubt, Mike Smith was the difference, particularly early in the game.  In the first period, he stopped 16 shots while Phoenix could only manage 2 on Corey Crawford.

The Coyotes will now host the Nashville Predators in games 1 and 2, while the St. Louis Blues will be welcoming the LA Kings for the first two games of the Western Conference Semi-Finals.

added 11:40pm, Below, read the release from the Coyotes regarding advancing to the WCSF.

GLENDALE, ARIZONA—- The Phoenix Coyotes won their first postseason series in 25 years tonight, defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 4-0 in Game 6 at United Center in Chicago, Ill. to win the Western Conference Quarter-Final 4-2. The Coyotes will face-off against the Nashville Predators in the second round of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Schedule to be determined by the National Hockey League at a later date.

The Coyotes snapped the longest gap between postseason series wins (25 years) by a team in NHL history with tonight’s victory; last series win came during the 1987 Stanley Cup Playoffs when the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Calgary Flames 4-2.

Phoenix has qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs in three or more consecutive seasons for the first time since the team clinched a playoff berth in its first four seasons in the Valley (1996-97 to 1999-00). The Coyotes won at least 40 games for the third consecutive season, marking the first time in franchise history that the team has recorded three consecutive seasons with 40-plus wins (franchise record 52 wins in 2009-10). The club has produced the three best seasons in franchise history over the past three years (2009-10 to 2011-12).

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Posted by awould on 04/24/12 at 01:30 AM ET

w2j2's avatar

The Western Conference semifinals are Phoenix, Nashville, Los Angeles & St. Louis!
Who would have dreamed of this 2 years ago?

Posted by w2j2 on 04/24/12 at 07:38 AM ET

Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria!

Whooda thought? I was an Arizona resident for 13 years, I know 2 people that have been Yotes fans since 1996. Good for both of them.

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 04/24/12 at 09:14 AM ET

duhduhduh's avatar

The Western Conference semifinals are Phoenix, Nashville, Los Angeles & St. Louis!
Who would have dreamed of this 2 years ago?

And yet, it’s probably the best 4 goaltenders in the west, so maybe we should have seen it two months ago.

Posted by duhduhduh on 04/24/12 at 09:21 AM ET

Ducksworth's avatar

Mike Smith was awesome in this series, reminds me of how Rinne plays.

Posted by Ducksworth from Brownstown, MI on 04/24/12 at 01:02 PM ET

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