The Phoenix Coyotes couldn't find a doctor like Hank Lawson to help them last night. They put up a valiant effort but lost 1-0 in overtime to the Los Angeles Kings late last evening. In a hard fought game characterized by outstanding goaltending from Jonathan Quick and Mike Smith it took overtime to decide matters. Unfortunately for the Desert Dogs it was Drew Doughty with an assist from the officials who made the decision.
In today's Tracks we've got post game reaction, plus recaps from the medal round at the WJC, other games involving Pacific division teams, and more.
Links after the jump...
Coyotes vs. Kings Post Game News
Coyotes Prospects Stand Out at WJC - Phoenix Coyotes - Features
Includes quotes from GMGM on each of the three players.
Huge group of Coyotes prospects finding way at minor-league level - Hockey's Future
A look at the guys down on the farm.
Gladiators battle 'Blades for first place - Gwinnett Daily Post
Christine Troyke preview this weekend's against Florida.
Jakaitis earns ECHL goalie of month honors - Gwinnett Daily Post
With Coyotes prospect Marc Chevrie spending time in Portland, Jeff Jakaitis has taken advantage of more playing time.
Getting to Know ... Will Colbert - Gwinnett Daily Post
A Q & A with the Glads defenseman Will Colbert.
Heja Sverige! Zibanejad Ends 31 Year WJC Drought for Sweden - Puck Worlds
Sweden knocked of Russia in overtime to win their first gold at the World Juniors in more than 3 decades.
Canada Wins Bronze Medal at 2012 IIHF World Junior Championships - Puck Worlds
Coyotes prospect Mark Visentin backstopped Canada to a bronze medal on Thursday. Check out the Final Howl for video of one of his saves during the game.
Karl Alzner Bets Against Russia, Pays the Price - Russian Machine Never Breaks
Funny things happen when NHL players make bets on WJC games.
News From Around the Hockey World
Sharks defeat Blue Jackets 2-1 with a strong overall performance - Fear The Fin
Mike Smith and Jonathon Quick weren't the only Pacific division goalies looking good last night. Thomas Greiss made 37 saves in the Sharks win.
Dallas Stars Beat Nashville Predators 4-1 - Defending Big D
The Coyotes rough night was exacerbated by their division rivals gaining 2 points.
James van Riemsdyk steps up, scores two in 5-4 Flyers win over Chicago - Broad Street Hockey
JVR delivered two scores to help Philly deny the Hawks the chance to retake the Western Conference lead.
Rangers Vs. Panthers: Marian Gaborik's Overtime Goal Pushes Rangers Past Panthers - Blueshirt Banter
The Rangers gained two points to stay just ahead of the torrid Bruins.
Calgary Flames at Boston Bruins Game Recap - NHL.com
Speaking of the B's, teams around the league can only hope the defending Cup champs play of late means they are peaking early.
Barch on Subban comment: "It was nowhere along the lines of a racial slur" - ProHockeyTalk
Krys Barch speaks out on the incident from New Year's Eve that got him a one game suspension from the league yesterday.
Big House in the running to host 2013 Winter Classic - ProHockeyTalk
Imagine over 100,000 people watching an NHL game. It could happen.
The Final Howl
01/05/2012 Mark Visentin's Amazing Save Video - NHL VideoCenter - Phoenix Coyotes
Visentin's glove work must be seen to believed.
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