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Sunday's Coyotes Tracks - Shawn Thornton suspended 15 games

A pair of suspensions and a full slate of hockey recaps on today's edition of Tracks.

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Jared Wickerham

Coyotes News

Carolina Hurricanes vs Phoenix Coyotes Recap: Game of inches - Five For Howling
The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Phoenix Coyotes 3-1 on Saturday night.

Phoenix Coyotes can't keep pace in loss to the Carolina Hurricanes -
The Coyotes allowed three unanswered goal as Phoenix fell 3-1 to the Carolina Hurricanes at Arena in Glendale.

Coyotes come up short in crucial getaway game - FOX Sports Arizona
Coyotes can't solve Peters, Hurricanes in 3-1 loss in crucial getaway game before road trip.

Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan still recovering from illness -
Coyotes captain Shane Doan is still on the mend from an illness that the team hasn’t identified, and a return doesn’t sound imminent.

Phoenix Coyotes slowly regaining their identity -
The Coyotes aren’t back to full strength yet, but they’re slowly starting to resemble their former selves.

Hurricanes 3, Coyotes 1 - Canes Country
Jeff Skinner scores again and Justin Peters stays hot for Carolina

Pirates News

Worcester Sharks lose ugly to Portland Pirates - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
hey began the season with 10 bad games, then had 10 good ones, not enough of a sample size to figure out which Sharks personality they'd carry through the season.

News From Around the Hockey World

Report: NHL suspends Thornton 15 games for Orpik attack | ProHockeyTalk
He already served three contests while waiting for the ruling.

Thornton sorely missed by B's - NHL - ESPN
While waiting for official word from the league on the expected Shawn Thornton suspension, Bruins teammates express their solidarity.

Pens GM, coach agree Thornton suspension sends a message | ProHockeyTalk
Ray Shero said it's time to move on.

Recap: Blues Get a Comeback Win in Columbus OT Thriller - St. Louis Game Time
Blues take 2 points tonight in #Lumbus in Overtime after a spectacular comeback win.

Calgary Flames vs. Buffalo Sabres - Recap - ESPN
Paul Byron led the Calgary Flames to a win over the team that drafted him.

Road woes continue as Sharks lose in Nashville - Fear The Fin
They made things close late in the third period but a poor showing through the first forty minutes cost the Sharks in their fourth straight loss away from The Tank.

Wild Reach for Character a Mile High - Hockey Wilderness
The Wild are coming in to stop the road trip dead in its tracks and would win 2-1 in a shootout.

Blackhawks Get Smoked By The Maple Leafs - Second City Hockey
The Blackhawks play their worst game of the year and get rolled by the Leafs 7-3.

Martin Brodeur Sensational in New Jersey Devils 3-0 Victory Over Tampa Bay Lightning - In Lou We Trust
Martin Brodeur stopped 33 shots from the Tampa Bay Lightning to earn his 124th shutout in a 3-0 New Jersey Devils win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Whether they were lucky or did just enough to earn it, the Devils needed a win by any means.

Penguins Too Much Man For Red Wings: Pens 4 - Wings 1 - Winging It In Motown
Pens dominate Wings

Slow start dooms Senators in 5-2 loss to Kings - Silver Seven
This team, man.

Penguins’ Deryk Engelland ejected for head-shot on Justin Abdelkader; suspension coming? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Another Shanaban?

Marine shocks family at Red Wings game, proposes to girlfriend on spot (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
We’ve seen military men and women surprise their families at NHL games before, and it can get kind of elaborate – the Flyers recently had Army PFC.

Malkin helped off ice after awkward fall to boards | ProHockeyTalk
The Penguins got the win, at least.

Letang misses Saturday’s game with undisclosed injury | ProHockeyTalk
Tough times for Pittsburgh's defense.

Wild coach Yeo apologizes for accusing Sharks of embellishment | ProHockeyTalk
He told San Jose coach McLellan that his comments "were out of line, and not appropriate."

Oilers trade goalie Jason LaBarbera to Chicago | ProHockeyTalk
He'll head to AHL Rockford.

Clarkson Suspended 2 Games - Pension Plan Puppets
No surprise, here. He deserves it.

Alfredsson: Players shouldn’t need to fight after dishing big hits | ProHockeyTalk
He thinks the referees should rule on the play and leave it at that.

The Final Howl

26 Instances in Which It's Okay to Attack and Bludgeon Someone Per Hockey's "Code" - SportsPickle