Phoenix 7; Minnesota 1

April 13, 2002 at 2:17 AM

PHOENIX, April 13 (UPI) -- Daymond Langkow scored twice in a five-goal second period Friday night as the Phoenix Coyotes clinched their sixth playoff berth in seven years with a 7-1 rout of the Minnesota Wild.

Langkow, the Coyotes' leading scorer, started the second-period deluge with a shorthanded tally at 6:25. He capped a three-minute outburst with his 27th to extend the Coyotes' advantage to 7-0.

Phoenix, which has just two wins in its last five games, was assured of a playoff spot with the victory coupled with Edmonton's 2-0 loss to Calgary. The Coyotes are tied with Los Angeles for the sixth seed in the Western Conference.

Robert Esche carried a shutout into the final period, but Pascal Dupuis scored his second goal in as many games with 10:29 remaining.

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