Coyotes Tracks - March 23, 2012 - Veterans Step Up

GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 10: Goaltender Mike Smith #41 of the Phoenix Coyotes skates out onto the ice before the NHL game against the San Jose Sharks at Jobing.com Arena on March 10, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Sharks 3-0. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Phoenix Coyotes improved their playoff fortunes by holding on to beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 on Thursday night in Glendale. It was a night when the older guys decided to take the bull by the horns. Raffi Torres continued his hot scoring streak and Kyle Chipchura added a goal in his second game back from injury. Ray Whitney's assist on Chipchura's goal now leaves him 4 points away from 1,000 for his career. Mike Smith stopped 39 of 41 shots on his 30th birthday.

On the topic of birthdays, we send out birthday wishes to Arthur, King of the Brittons.

Links after the jump...

Avalanche vs. Coyotes vs. Post Game News

Torres steps up in Doan-less Coyotes win - Fox Sports Arizona

Coyotes hold off Avalanche for much-needed victory - The Arizona Republic

Avalanche vs. Coyotes - 03/22/2012 - Phoenix Coyotes - Recap

03/22/2012 Dave Tippett Press Conference Video - NHL VideoCenter - Phoenix Coyotes

03/22/2012 'Yotes Quotes: Post-Game Video - NHL VideoCenter - Phoenix Coyotes

Thursday’s Three Stars: Quick leads Kings to division lead; Pens clinch with rout - Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports

Points crucial for Coyotes down the stretch - The Arizona Republic

Avalanche at Coyotes Recap: Late Rally Falls Short, Avs lose 3-2. - Mile High Hockey

Avalanche loses 3-2 at Coyotes, ending unbeaten streak - The Denver Post

Coyotes News

CISCO NHL Live: Tyson Nash Video - NHL VideoCenter - Phoenix Coyotes
The Yotes TV analyst spoke with Bill Pidto and EJ Hradek on Thursday.

Have you seen Paul Bissonette's underwear? - Fox Sports Arizona
Men acting like grade schoolers. Sounds like a locker room.

NHL could start looking to relocate Phoenix Coyotes if deal is held up - Phoenix Business Journal
Shocking news!!! Not really.

Pirates News

It’s now or never for the Pirates - Maine Hockey Journal
Portland has 11 games left to put themselves into the playoffs.

Eye on the Pirates: Playoff Push is in High Gear - Phoenix Coyotes - Features
Chris Roy with an overview of where the Pirates sit going into their final stretch of games.

News From Around the Hockey World

Dallas Stars Drop 2-1 Decision To Vancouver Canucks - Defending Big D
The Stars went from third to eighth place in one night.

Minnesota Wild vs Calgary Flames: Game Recap - Hockey Wilderness
The Wild's comeback 3-2 shootout win leaves the Flames 2 points out of a playoff birth.

St Louis Blues at Los Angeles Kings Game Recap - 03/22/2012
The Kings now lead the Pacific Division after their 1-0 win last night.

Kings have finally found their groove - latimes.com
They couldn't have done so at a worst time.

Sharks turn in a phenomenal defensive effort, outlast Bruins 2-1 - Fear The Fin
The Stanley Cup champs do the West no favors.

It's the Mother-Geno Juggernaut: Pens easily roll over Predators 5-1 - PensBurgh
The Russian forward who was most spoken about before the game wasn't the one most spoken about during and after the game.

Khabibulin Returns to Tampa Bay; Oilers Fall 3-2 In A Shootout - The Copper & Blue
Nik's first time back since winning the Cup in 2004.

Flyers vs. Capitals recap: Winning shootouts is fun! - Broad Street Hockey
Alexander Ovechkin scored less than 30 seconds into the game. That was the high point for Washington.

What would the playoff race look like under the NHL’s failed realignment plan? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
An interesting look at how things might look if realignment was in effect this season.

The Whiteboard: Looking at pro hockey’s most-frequently used powerplay breakout - Backhand Shelf - theScore.com
Justin Bourne breaks out the dry erase markers again.

Puck Daddy chats with Red Wings’ Pavel Datsyuk about NHL playoffs, using figure skates and Giroux’s ‘Datsyuk’ move | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
A rare look into the man behind the dangle.

The Final Howl

Getting Chippy Video - NHL VideoCenter - Phoenix Coyotes

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