GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Mike Smith stopped 32 shots and the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Nashville Predators 2-1 on Monday night to earn their first trip to the Western Conference finals.
The Coyotes learned earlier in the day that a tentative deal with a new owner had been reached.
They followed up with another tight victory, withstanding a late goal by Nashville's Colin Wilson to reach the conference finals for the first time in 33 years as an NHL franchise.
Dressed for white-out conditions, Coyotes fans celebrated the big win in style.
Next up, the Coyotes will face the L.A. Kings in the NHL Wester Conference Finals on the road to the battle for the Stanley Cup.