Friday's Coyotes Tracks - don't stop be-Leaf-ing

"What is it?" "I dunno. Go touch it." "You go touch it." - Claus Andersen

Last night the Coyotes fell in the shootout to Toronto despite some strong play in regulation. More on that and other stories in today's edition of the Tracks.

Coyotes News

Phoenix Coyotes @ Toronto Maple Leafs recap: winter of discontent - Five For Howling
Despite a strong 45 minutes, the Phoenix Coyotes could not come away with a victory, falling 2-1 in the shootout to Toronto.

What happened on Maple Leafs’ odd ‘whispering ref’ shootout goal vs. Coyotes? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Good question.

Rostislav Klesla of Phoenix Coyotes recalled from minors - ESPN
Small sample size notwithstanding, the Coyotes are probably glad to have him back.

Phoenix Coyotes' Zbynek Michalek out indefinitely with lower-body injury - azcentral.com
Coyotes defenseman Zbynek Michalek is out indefinitely with a lower-body injury and has left the team to return home to seek further medical evaluation.

Coyotes' Smith develops into elite goaltender, Canadian Olympic front-runner - Yahoo Sports Canada
Mike Smith has come a long way from living in Marty Turco's shadow.

What Phoenix Coyotes Need from Antoine Vermette with Shane Doan out | Bleacher Report
Vermette has stepped up his leadership role in the captain's absence.

Phoenix Coyotes rookie Connor Murphy making most of opportunity - azcentral.com
Connor Murphy isn't exactly living the life of luxury, but he is making a splash in the NHL.

Fighting’s controversial role in hockey forces enforcers like Paul Bissonnette to evolve | National Post
Paul Bissonnette is a fighter who has fought only once this season, and not once in the last two months.

Pirates News

Portland Pirates drop lawsuit; lease talks with civic center to resume | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram
Everyone's new favorite soap opera continues on.

Gladiators News

Gladiators’ Spivak in business of getting others healthy | Gwinnett Daily Post
Defenseman started juicing company with family. Make up your own joke here

News From Around the Hockey World

Game 34: Avalanche play their system, beat the Oilers. - Mile High Hockey
The Avs played the Oilers tonight. It went precisely as expected.

Quick Strikes Lead to Dallas Stars 4-1 Victory Over Vancouver Canucks - Defending Big D
The Stars scored two goals in 17 seconds in the first period to take a lead they would never relinquish as they won their first back-to-back home games since October.

Sharks @ Kings Recap: Los Angeles Makes the Plays, San Jose Doesn't - Jewels From The Crown
Los Angeles needed some help from its depth players in this one.

Video: Dustin Brown ejected for kneeing, Tomas Hertl won’t return (update) | ProHockeyTalk
Here's why.

USA Hockey to consider plan to eliminate fighting in top amateur leagues - SBNation.com
The beginning of the end for fighting in professional hockey?

Tom Wilson will not be suspended for hit on Brayden Schenn - CBSSports.com
Capitals rookie forward Tom Wilson was not suspended by the NHL for his hit on Brayden Schenn Thursday night. Brendan Shanahan thoroughly explains why not.

Claude Giroux on his goal of the year candidate: ‘Just trying to get it on net’ | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Pretty.

The Final Howl

Rink of Dreams: Michigan family built an amazing outdoor hockey rink - SBNation.com
WANT.

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