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Coyote Tracks - Monday March 15 Edition

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Ok, seriously people - let's have Travis do the links more often - 2 days when Travis does the links, 2 Coyotes wins...need I say more.  And what nice wins.  Ilya Bryzgalov sets the team mark for shutouts in a season with 8 blanking the Hurricanes - extra chili cheese dogs for you!

Coyotes then turn it around on the next afternoon and get a big win in the shootout against the Thrashers!  Went to a shootout as the Coyotes couldn't seem to get things going early in the game and then got victimized later in the game on two power play goals by Atlanta.  Lee Stempniak (aka Desert Ninja) scored again - holy god Toronto fans have got to be pissed.  Matthew Lombardi had the other regulation goal off a great shot by Keith Yandle (who also had a great shot that led to the Stempniak goal)...he just continues to impress.  And then, of course, Adrian Aucoin (aka Shootout Master, aka Oakie, aka Doubloon (you all will support this nickname eventually!)) scores the game-winning goal in the 4th round.

Anyways, game recap from Travis here. [AP take via AZCentral (Gintonio not on road trip?)] [Bird Watchers Anonymous aka Thrashers coverage will be up at some point as well] [@YotesGurl's take is here - and it is hilarious!]

YESTERDAY'S NHL SCORES:  PHL 3 - NYR 1; WSH 4 - CHI 3 (OT); NSH 3 - LAK 2; COL 5 - DAL 3; TOR 1 - NYI 4; PIT 2 - TB 1; STL 2 - MIN 4; SJ 2 - ANA 4; CGY 1 - VAN 3 (that's it  Calgary - get back to losing and improving our first round pick)

After the break, Coyotes playoff potential, longest game in NCAA history and some of my favorite whimsy of the year...

 Ice Edge can save Coyotes: Leblanc
Despite the attendance woes this season and the franchise's chronic financial losses, Ice Edge Holdings thinks they can do it

New Ownership Heats Up | Hip Shot Blog
According to Sportsnet last night Jerry Reinsdorf is looking to get back in the mix should Ice Edge not work out and Season ticket packages will go on sale next week.

Don't forget about the Phoenix Coyotes - ProHockeyTalk - Hockey - NBC Sports
That's right league - the Coyotes are coming to the playoffs and nobody is going to want to play them there...

Shannon: In no particular order -
Looking ahead and looking behind at the world of hockey this winter.  He doesn't have all the facts right or anything, but he's absolutely right that the team is built to win now and in the future...

Stempniak continues to shine as Coyotes beat ‘Canes 4-0 | Pro Sports Blogging
Travis keeps posting about it on his twitter feed, but Stempniak has been pretty amazing since the trade...

Longest NCAA game ever sees Quinnipiac beat Union in fifth OT - Puck Daddy - NHL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
This sounds like a pretty amazing game, as most multiple OT games...hopefully we'll get to see some of those in Glendale in a few short weeks.

New England Hockey Journal: Sullivan has found touch with Rampage
The NEHJ takes a look at how Coyotes prospect Sean Sullivan has done this year with the Rampage.

And finally, the brackets were setyesterday for the March Madness tournament...but another annual tournament is also in the process of beginning...

Name of the Year: Who Will Be the Next Mingo?

Next Coyotes game is Tuesday at the Lightning...good times!