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Mar 28, 2010 12:34 AM

Stempniak's goals lead Phoenix playoff celebration against Avs

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The Phoenix Coyotes, the surprise team of the NHL, celebrated their first playoff berth since 2002 with a 6-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche behind Lee Stempniak's two goals on Saturday night.

The Coyotes, still owned by the league after going through protracted bankruptcy proceedings last summer, clinched the postseason spot earlier in the day when Calgary lost to Boston.

Four of Phoenix's goals came from players who joined the team at the March 3 trade deadline - Stempniak, Wojtek Wolski and Derek Morris.

Stempniak, with both scores in the third period, has 12 goals in 12 games since he arrived from Toronto, including four two-goal games.

Former Coyotes forward Kevin Porter scored for the Avalanche, his first goal of the season.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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