Sunday's Coyotes Tracks - The Conference Finals Begin

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With the final four beginning battles in their respective conferences, the shortened NHL season is winding down. There's not much news from around the hockey world, but we have your daily dose of what you need to know.

Coyotes News

His heart is still in hockey after near-death experience - Waterloo Record
Brett MacLean may never play hockey again, but he is taking his love of the game behind the bench.

NHL Scouting Combine an imperfect measuring stick - FSAZ
Craig Morgan comments on the NHL scouting combine.

NHL roundup: Gretzky, Messier reportedly interested in Rangers job - Yahoo! Sports
From Yahoo! Sports: Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier are both interested in the head coaching vacancy with the New York Rangers, according to Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos.

Iain MacIntyre: Musings on NHL coaching candidates - Vancouver Sun
Not surprising to see Dave Tippett mentioned here - get used to hearing his name in rumors until he gets re-signed in Phoenix.

Students Tour Jobing.com Arena - Phoenix Coyotes
Students from Salt River Elementary School were given an all-access tour of Jobing.com arena, including a cameo from one of our former writers, Matt Shott!

Pirates News

Former Pirates Contributing in Stanley Cup Chase - Portland Pirates
The Pirates have a long history of grooming successful NHLers and three are still in the running for hockey's ultimate prize.

Manchester Phoenix News

Phoenix retain strong on-ice leaders (From The Bolton News)
Manchester Phoenix have announced the re-signing of club captain Luke Boothroyd and alternate captain James Archer for the 2013-14 season.

Planet Ice 2013 British Sledge Hockey League - News - Manchester Phoenix
The Phoenix are supporting sledge hockey and reports on its recent efforts.

News From Around the Hockey World

Observations From Section 321 : Taking Care Of Business - Second City Hockey
Well that was a hell of a way to start a Conference Final, wasn't it? The Blackhawks did pretty much everything they needed to do to grab an 1-0 series lead on the defending Stanley Cup Champions....

GIF Recap: THAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED. Bruins shut out Penguins 3-0 - Stanley Cup of Chowder
The Bruins shut the Penguins out in Pittsburgh tonight...Stanley Cup of Chowder felt the need to celebrate GIF-style.

Sidney Crosby: Refs allowed Bruins to ‘escalate’ physical play in Game 1 loss | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
I think Twitter would have exploded if a Chara-Crosby fight had erupted...we can only hope for similar fireworks in Game 2.

Dave Bolland drills Mike Richards, Matt Cooke checks Adam McQuaid from behind; suspensions coming? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Both first games had some questionable hits, but I doubt we will see any supplementary discipline forthcoming.

The Final Howl

Joey the Junior Blackhawks Reporter returns to talk playoff beards (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
The NHL's best media outlet was back on the scene to report on Chicago's playoff beard successes (or not).

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