Coyotes Tracks - March 9, 2012 - Another Ugly Start, Slightly Different Ending

Mar 8, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Minnesota Wild goalie Matt Hackett (31) makes a save as Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres (37) slides into the net during the second period at the Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

Watching the Phoenix Coyotes during their losing streak has been like watching the movie Groundhog Day. It's the same thing over and over again. Phoenix gives up multiple first period goals and then spends the rest of the game trying to come back. They partially succeeded Thursday night, but still managed to lose the game in a shoot out to a team playing five defensemen and having to play a prospect goalie after their normal backup went out due to injury. The worst part of the game may have been the loss of center Martin Hanzal in the first period. Let's hope his "upper body injury" heals fast.

Postgame reaction, recaps for the large slate of games that affected the playoff chase in the West, and more in today's Tracks.

Links after the jump...

Wild vs. Coyotes Post Game News

Coyotes salvage point in shootout loss vs. Wild - The Arizona Republic

Poor start, anemic power play hurting Coyotes - The Arizona Republic

Wild vs. Coyotes - 03/08/2012 - Phoenix Coyotes - Recap

03/08/2012 Dave Tippett Press Conference Video - NHL VideoCenter - Phoenix Coyotes

03/08/2012 'Yotes Quotes: Post-Game Video - NHL VideoCenter - Phoenix Coyotes

Minnesota Wild @ Phoenix Coyotes: Game Recap - Hockey Wilderness

Wild gets a win and yet another injury issue -

Harding injured in Wild's shootout win at Phoenix; Wild in a goalie pickle -

Pirates News

Pirates plan to play ‘handful’ of games in Lewiston yearly - Maine Hockey Journal
Portland's ownership seems to be on a quest to take over hockey in the entire state.

News From Around the Hockey World

Dallas Stars Hold Pacific Division Lead With 4-3 Shootout Win Over Sharks - Defending Big D
A 3 point game in the Pacific. Just what the Yotes didn't need.

Game 67 Recap: JMFJ FTW - The Cannon
Not exactly a happy return to CBus for Jeff Carter last night. The Jackets have now won four in a row.

Johnson erases Carter's name in Columbus - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
The Blue Jackets marketing staff work to erase the memory of Jeff Carter.

Predators 4, Avalanche 2: A Frosty Night in Smashville - On the Forecheck
Preds did the Yotes and Sharks a solid.

St. Louis Blues Squeeze Life Out Of Anaheim Ducks - St. Louis Game Time
Ducks making tee times for April.

Jet's At Canucks Recap ; Take It Easy (3-2W) - Nucks Misconduct
The Canucks did the teams in the Eastern playoff chase a favor.

Shutout! Again! Flyers crush Panthers, 5-0 - Broad Street Hockey
Bryz's hot streak continues.

Recap: Caps 3, Lightning 2 (OT) - Japers' Rink
The Caps moved into 8th place in the East as a result of hard work by a coupole of the team's youngsters.

Did taking out the red line make the NHL dumber, more dangerous? - Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Expect to hear a lot more about this issue this weekend with the GM's meeting in Florida.

Bobby Ryan Walking a Media Tightrope with Comments - Anaheim Calling
Trouble in Paradise?

Kolupanowich: The Polarity Of Shot Blocking – Coincidental Minors
An argument against shot blocking in the NHL.

The Final Howl

In honor of the Coyotes' power play...

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