Coyotes Tracks - January 1, 2012 - Dogs End 2011 On A High Note

Happy New Year Phoenix Coyotes fans! The Coyotes ended 2011 with a gutsy road win in the Twin Cities on New Year's Eve. They defeated the Minnesota Wild 4-2 behind an excellent performance by recently called up goaltender Curtis McElhinney. Rdaim Vrbata scored twice and Ray Whitney added an empty net goal to seal the deal. The Coyotes first game in 2012 is on Tuesday in St. Louis.

Coyotes vs. Wild Postgame News

Coyotes vs. Wild - 12/31/2011 - Phoenix Coyotes - Recap

Minnesota Wild vs. Phoenix Coyotes: Game Recap - Hockey Wilderness

Shuffled Wild lineup can't get job done - StarTribune.com

More links after the jump...

Coyotes News

Coyotes' Torres fined $2,500 for elbowing - NHL.com - News
Raffi gets away with only a fine.

Meh. It’s just all so…….. meh. - Yotesgurl Presents…..
Yotesgurl did not end the year on a happy note. Lots of great photos in the post.

Pirates News

Pirates come together in win - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram
Portland went up 3-0 in the 1st and held on for a 4-2 win.

Pirates end 2011 in winning fashion - Maine Hockey Journal
Andy Miele earns two points upon his return to Portland.

Sundogs News

CHL: Sundogs' third-period comeback falls short in 4-2 loss to Bees - The Prescott Daily Courier - Prescott, Arizona
The Sundogs have lost 9 of their last 10 games.

WJC News

Finns beat Czechs for third straight win - 2012 World Junior Championship
Yotes property Alexander Ruuttu scored a goal for the Fins.

Slovakia advances to quarters at world juniors after rallying to beat Swiss 6-4 - NHL.com - News
The Slovaks are one of the surprises of the tourney.

WJC2012: Canada better off for the bumps and bruises - Buzzing The Net - Junior Hockey Blog - Yahoo! Sports
Canada won Saturday's meaningless game against the US.

News From Around the Hockey World

Dallas Stars Ring In New Year With 4-2 Win Over Boston Bruins - Defending Big D
The Stars go from losing to the Blue Jackets to beating the B's.

Canucks At Kings Recap ; New Years Slapshot Style (4-1L) - Nucks Misconduct
Canucks fans complaining about goon tactics. Pot meet kettle.

Sutter says Kings power play is "awesome" - ProHockeyTalk
In bizarro world maybe.

Ducks Gift Wrap 4-2 Win for Giguere in Return to Anaheim - Anaheim Calling
If there is one team who likely couldn't wait for the calender page to flip it is the Ducks.

The Afterburners: Jets Defeat Leafs 3-2 in Triumphant End to 2011 - Arctic Ice Hockey
When the season started not many people would have had the Jets sitting in 6th place in the East to start 2012.

Panthers end 2011 with a win; defeat Canadiens with Clemmensen in relief - Litter Box Cats
Florida starter Jose Theodore was injured in the win. The Cats ended 2011 atop the SE Division.

Krys Barch ejected after alleged racial slur towards P.K. Subban - Puck Daddy - NHL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
The linesman claims there was slur, Barch says there wasn't.

'Legion of Doom', Parent power Flyer alums - 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic - Rangers v. Flyers
The Flyers alumni team beat their Rangers counterparts 3-1.

Victor Hedman out indefinitely with concussion - ProHockeyTalk
Add another player to the Concussion All-Star Team.

Nashville Predators' Ryan Suter auditions for starring role - The Tennessean
The soon to be UFA can earn some dough by playing well in Weber's absence.(s/t to Matt Reitz)

The Final Howl

Puck Daddy’s 2011 Alternative Year in Hockey Awards - Puck Daddy - NHL Blog - Yahoo! Sports

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