Thursday's Coyotes Tracks - Shutdown and shutout

Bruce Bennett

Coyotes give Kings a playoff berth, Portland gives another and Dallas gives in to pure insanity in today's tracks!

Coyotes News

Phoenix Coyotes @ Los Angeles Kings recap: Coyotes hit rock bottom in LA - Five For Howling
The Phoenix Coyotes hardly put up a fight as they fell 4-0 to the Los Angeles Kings. But, can they recover in time for a late playoff bid?

Kings rout Coyotes | FOX Sports Arizona
The Coyotes dropped their third straight game -- the first time that has happened since the first three games out of the Olympic break capped a four-game skid -- and the schedule ticked off another date without any precious points in a 4-0 loss to the L.A. Kings on Wednesday at Staples Center.

Phoenix Coyotes suffer shutout against Los Angeles Kings -- azcentral.com
The Coyotes' playoff hopes that took a hit in the way of a 4-0 loss that clinched a postseason berth for the Kings while jeopardizing the Coyotes' own potential.

Brandon McMillan sees patience turn into an established role with Phoenix Coyotes -- azcentral.com
McMillan was patient, and that's probably why he's been a regular in the lineup since his Feb. 24 call-up.

Phoenix Coyotes' Paul Bissonnette looks to expand his role -- azcentral.com
He's long been marketed as a fourth-line fighter, but Coyotes winger Paul Bissonette wants to expand his role with the team.

Yandle credits new assistant coach for Coyotes’ improved power play | ProHockeyTalk
His name is Newell Brown, which Canucks fans will recognize.

Pirates News

Bears edge Pirates 3-2 | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram
Hershey climbs into the AHL East’s final playoff spot with a win at the Colisee.

Sundogs News

Dog Caller - Arizona Sundogs Finish Regular Season on Fire - Five For Howling
The Arizona Sundogs finished out the regular season with home games against the Wichita Thunder on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.

News From Around the Hockey World

Kings Clinch a Playoff Spot. Get Happy! - Jewels From The Crown
For the fifth straight season, the Kings make the Stanley Cup Playoffs. An all-California matchup awaits.

Oilers v. Ducks - Lamentations 4:1-2 - The Copper & Blue
O how the games have lost their luster! Even divisional rivalries have become dull.

Game Recap- Detroit Red Wings 3 Boston Bruins 2 - Winging It In Motown
Detroit's youth shines and soars over the NHL's best team in the Boston Bruins.

Senators lose to Islanders, inevitability - Silver Seven
The Senators lost 2-1 to the Islanders and saw their dim playoff hopes all but extinguished

Jonathan Toews out rest of regular season, will be fine for playoffs - CBSSports.com
Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews is going to sit the final six games of the regular season with a minor shoulder injury. He's expected to be 100 percent for the playoffs.

Josh Harding practices with Wild for first time since January - CBSSports.com
For the first time since January, Josh Harding was on the ice practicing with the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday after a change in his MS treatment.

Douglas Murray faces hearing for Mike Kostka hit - NHL on CBC Sports - Hockey news, opinion, scores, stats, standings
Montreal Canadiens defenceman Douglas Murray will have a phone hearing with the NHL's department of player safety on Thursday after his elbow to the head of Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Mike Kostka.

How much has goalie pad reduction impacted NHL scoring? - CBSSports.com
With nearly a full season to judge from, we can see the impact of the goalie pad reduction in the NHL. Hint: It did pretty much nothing.

The Final Howl

Dallas Stars '50 Shades' victory video is amazingly hypnotic (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Like. I. How do they find time to win?!!!

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