Coyotes Tracks - April 14th, 2012 - Game 2 Vs Blackhawks

GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 12: The Chicago Blackhawks and the Phoenix Coyotes face off in the first period of Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Arena on April 12, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Blackhawks 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

With Game 1 of the first series in the books the Coyotes are looking to extend their lead to 2-0 against the Chicago Blackhawks tonight at Arena. This will be another White Out game so if you are going to the game remember to wear white and cheer your Coyotes to another victory. The Coyotes will likely be without their top goal scorer Radim Vrbata tonight (we have reports of his injury below) but on Thursday they played without him and won the game so hopefully they will find a way to win again. Luckily the Coyotes are used to stepping up and winning no matter who is out, although we are all hoping for a speedy recovery for Vrby.

In today's links we have the news from last nights playoff matches, Coyotes news, and as always news from around the hockey world all down below.

Links after the jump

Coyotes News

Coyotes see growing support despite uncertainty |
A look at some of the growing support for the Coyotes, including some quotes from our own Jordan Ellel.

Coyotes Playoff Watch Player Profile: Oliver Ekman-Larsson - Five For Howling
A look at one of Coyotes best defensemen, the young Oliver Ekman-Larsson.

Phoenix Coyotes right wing Radim Vrbata's injury another hurdle | Arizona Republic
Vrbata is day to day with an upper body injury after a check in his first shift of the first game against the Blackhawks. Although the Yotes were able to win the game, hopefully he returns soon.

Mind-set will help Phoenix Coyotes advance | Arizona Republic
Coyotes know their gifts come in the form of grit and effort and toughness, and not in the speed and skill level of the Blackhawks.

Hanzal's OT goal earns acclaim from all over - Coyotes v Blackhawks - 2012 Stanley Cup Conference Quarterfinals
Martin Hanzal's overtime goal proves that he is getting the job done and with Vrbata out everyone is going to need to step up.

Pyatt Making Impact at Critical Time - Phoenix Coyotes - Features
Taylor Pyatt is bring his momentum from the end of the regular season to the playoffs, when he had the tying goal against Chicago.

Coyotes rely on pack mentality without Vrbata | Fox Sports Arizona
Coyotes forced to rely on pack mentality to shoulder scoring burden in wake of Vrbata injury.

Mystery surrounds health of Coyotes’ leading scorer Vrbata | ProHockeyTalk
35-goal man was knocked out of action early in Thursday's win over Chicago. Let's hope that he is back and healthy soon.

My Hockey Rambling: Jamison at Coyotes game

Potential owner sighting at Game One. blogs - Westside Insider - westsideinsider - Lieberman seeks support for stand vs. Coyotes deal
Glendale City Councilman Phil Lieberman this week urged members of the Glendale Tea Party Patriots to show up en masse at the next council meeting to oppose a pending deal on the Phoenix Coyotes. Good news is Lieberman says that the deal is close to being made.

News About Tonight's Game

04/13/2012 - 'Yotes Quotes Pre-Game Video - NHL VideoCenter - Phoenix Coyotes
Game 2 Pre-Game 'Yotes Quotes.

Pirates News

Hershey Bears Lose to Portland Pirates - Yahoo! Sports
The Pirates are still looking to clinch a playoff spot, and this win moves them one step closer to that goal.

Playoff News

ECQF Game 2: Flyers score EIGHT GOALS, take 2-0 series lead over Penguins - Broad Street Hockey
The Flyers are up 2-0 on the series against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Bullet points! - Jewels From The Crown
The Kings are up 2-0 against the Vancouver Canucks.

New Jersey Devils Dominate First Period, Hold On Late to Beat Florida Panthers 3-2 - In Lou We Trust
The Panther return to the playoffs wasn't a smashing success.

News From Around the Hockey World

Did Alex Burrows taunt Mike Richards about recreational drug use? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Alex Burrows may have taunted Mike Richards with a pile of snow. Hmm what could a pile of white powder have to do with recreational drugs?

Poll: Leafs – not Canucks – are the most hated Canadian team | ProHockeyTalk
Toronto also ranks second in likability, showing that they produce strong emotions at both ends of the spectrum.

Sacramento arena plan collapses, Seattle’s NHL chances improve | ProHockeyTalk
If the NBA goes back to the Pacific Northwest, it's possible the NHL follows, although hopefully its not the Coyotes moving.

Shea Weber, Supplementary Discipline, and the Incentive to Injure | Backhand Shelf | Blogs |
There are less suspensions during the playoffs and incentive to injure another player is high. The NHL may want to reconsider their policy of allowing certain hits to go without supplemental discipline during the playoffs especially things like the what Shea Weber did too Henrik Zetterberg.

Great moments in hating the Canucks, Canada’s new national pastime | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Harrison Mooney takes a look at why Canada hates the Vancouver Canucks. Apparently this year Canada's team is Los Angeles.

Bad night for Ottawa, great night for ex-Senators | ProHockeyTalk
Chris Kelly, Antoine Vermette, and Martin Havlat all have big nights.

Best of NHL Playoffs for April 12: overtime for everybody! - CBSSports
Check out Thursday's Tweet of the Night.

Running For the Boogeyman - NHL History Girl
Jen, along with our very own Travis Hair, will be running for a good cause in June.

The Final Howls

The gif that keeps on giving: who knocked the glass onto David Krejci? | Backhand Shelf | Blogs |
Was it the Kool-Aid Man or Tumbling Kesler?

Hockey Hall of Fame -- Jimmie - YouTube
Commercial for The Hockey Hall of Fame.

Hockey Hall of Fame -- Oliver - YouTube
Commercial for The Hockey Hall of Fame.

Hockey Hall of Fame -- Robbie - YouTube
Commercial for The Hockey Hall of Fame

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