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Coyotes Tracks - April 18th, 2012 - Taking The Lead Again

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The Phoenix Coyotes went on the road and beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in overtime. The fact that all three of the games played between these two teams has gone to overtime shows how evenly these two teams are matched, and its likely that this is going to be a long victory. The victory was somewhat bittersweet though, Raffi Torres delivered a big, very questionable hit to Marian Hossa who had to be removed from the game on a stretcher and Torres is likely to face discipline from the league and probably a suspension. But right now the Coyotes are leading the series 2-1, and they will be playing again in Chicago on Thursday.

After the jump we have some of the recaps of last nights game, some news from the other games played last night, and some news from around the hockey world.

Coyotes vs. Blackhawks Game 3 Post Game News

Phoenix Coyotes @ Chicago Blackhawks Game 3 Recap: Road Warriors - Five For Howling

Mikkel Boedker's goal puts Phoenix Coyotes back in charge | AZ Central

Coyotes win in OT in Chicago, take series lead | Fox Sports Arizona Interviews 04/18/2012
Interview with Mikkel Boedker Interviews 04/18/2012
Interview with Keith Yandle

If I Knew It Was Going To Be That Type Of Party: Yotes 3 - Hawks 2 (OT) - Second City Hockey

Blackhawks fall in overtime heartbreaker | CSN Chicago

Now it’s nasty: Hossa taken off in stretcher after dirty hit in 3-2 overtime loss - Chicago Sun-Times

Blackhawks livid with officials after Game 3 loss -
Coach Joel Quenneville and his team didn't hold back with their opinions of the officiating after the lose to the Coyotes in Game 3.

Boedker scores in OT as Coyotes beat Blackhawks 3-2 for 2-1 lead - The Hockey News

Mikkel Boedker sneaks OT game-winner past Corey Crawford; Coyotes go up 2-1 on Blackhawks (VIDEO) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports

Discuss: Coyotes come through in OT, take 2-1 series lead | ProHockeyTalk

Coyotes News

Tuesday’s Three Stars: Rinne bests Red Wings; Boedker’s OT winner powers Coyotes | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Mikkel Boedker's OT goal gets the third star.

Playoff Game News

Predators 3, Red Wings 1: Pekka stands tall, Nashville takes 3-1 series lead - On the Forecheck
Pekka Rinne held off a furious barrage of shots from Detroit to give the Predators a chance to close out the Red Wings Friday night at Bridgestone Arena.

2012 NHL Playoffs: Panthers 4, Devils 3 - Game Three Recap - Litter Box Cats
Florida caps impressive comeback to take series lead 2-1

News From Around the Hockey World

Blackhawks release fairly positive Hossa medical update | ProHockeyTalk
We are all happy that Marian Hossa is okay. Seeing him carried out on the stretcher was a very sobering moment.

Toews doesn’t expect Hossa back soon, Bettman says Torres hit will be reviewed | ProHockeyTalk
To be honest we all expected the Torres hit to be reviewed, and most of us expect that Torres will be suspended.

Andrew Shaw’s 3-game suspension more about changing behavior than makeup call | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Sean Leahy takes a look at how the Shaw's suspension was about changing game behavior, the goalie is not far game behind the ice anymore.

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Competitive balance has taken the National Hockey League to new heights - ESPN
The salary cap and better management of rosters has brought parity to the NHL playoffs, writes Pierre LeBrun.

Nicklas Backstrom’s match penalty upheld, suspended for Capitals’ Game 4 vs. Bruins | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Nicklas Backstrom won't be playing in Game 4 after cross-checking Rich Peverley in the face.

Penguins’ James Neal suspended for Game 4 after reckless hits on Flyers | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
James Neal probably won't be seeing the ice for the rest of the playoffs, unless the Penguins have some spare miracles laying around.

Penguins’ Arron Asham suspended 4 games for attack on Flyers’ Brayden Schenn | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
The Penguins may want to clean up their game next season.

The Final Howl

Philadelphia Flyers’ new playoff T-shirt trolls Sidney Crosby (PHOTO) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports

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