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Sunday, April 8th (All times eastern)

Vancouver Canucks (49-25-7) at Phoenix Coyotes (30-46-5), 5 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Vancouver Canucks will take the ice one more time before the postseason, when they visit the Phoenix Coyotes this afternoon at Jobing.com Arena.

The Canucks won in San Jose on Saturday to clinch their second Northwest Division title in three seasons and lock themselves into the third seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Vancouver will have home-ice advantage in its first-round matchup against the Dallas Stars.

Vancouver earned the division crown in dramatic fashion on Saturday, as it posted an overtime win at the Shark Tank. Jonathan Cheechoo had scored with 33 seconds remaining in the third to tie the game for San Jose, but Mattias Ohlund answered with a goal 34 seconds into the extra session to give the Canucks a 4-3 triumph.

Kevin Bieksa had a goal and an assist and Roberto Luongo finished with 27 saves for the Canucks, who have won two of their last three contests.

The Coyotes also played on Saturday and were handed a loss in Los Angeles, as Anze Kopitar's goal with 53 seconds left in regulation sent the Kings to the 3-2 come-from-behind win at Staples Center.

Nick Boynton had a goal and an assist and Mike Zigomanis also lit the lamp for the Coyotes, who have dropped six of seven and 14 of their last 16 games.

Keith Ballard posted two assists in defeat and Curtis Joseph gave up three goals on 35 shots to drop to 17-31-2 on the season.

The Canucks are 3-0 against Phoenix this season and 13-1-2 (1 loss, 2 ties) in the last 16 meetings between the clubs.

Vancouver has a solid 23-14-3 mark as the visiting team this year, while the Coyotes are an unimpressive 17-20-3 at home.

04/08 10:59:00 ET


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