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Sunday Phoenix Coyotes Tracks - Outlasting the Ducks to Start

The weird mini-playoff series between the Coyotes and Ducks started with a barn burner - a shoot out win that saw Andrew Cogliano record yet another hat trick against the Coyotes in Glendale. We have all the news about the game and lots, lots more below.

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Yup, I'm sure it won't get any unglier playing the Ducks two more games in a row....
Yup, I'm sure it won't get any unglier playing the Ducks two more games in a row....

Coyotes vs. Ducks Game 1 Recaps

Anaheim Ducks vs Phoenix Coyotes Recap: Korpedo Nullifies Hat Trick - Five For Howling
The Phoenix Coyotes edged past the Anaheim Ducks in the first game of a three-game series. The Coyotes won 5-4 in a shootout.

Ducks Lose Palmieri and Shootout in Phoenix, 5-4 - Anaheim Calling
Andrew Cogliano loves playing in Phoenix...and new hats. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough as the Ducks surrender game one of the mini-playoff series.

Mike Smith shines as Phoenix Coyotes defeat Anaheim Ducks in shootout - AZCentral
Sarah McLellan's take on the game from Glendale.

Tired Ducks waste Andrew Cogliano's hat trick -

Ducks waste a trick | ducks, game, play - Sports - The Orange County Register

Sullivan ends goal drought at perfect time - FS Arizona
Coyotes' Steve Sullivan picks perfect time to end 14-game drought, netting equalizer, winner against Ducks.

Ducks vs. Coyotes - 03/02/2013 - Phoenix Coyotes - Recap

More Coyotes News and Notes

Phoenix Coyotes’ 4th line steps up with scoring spurt - AZCentral
The lack of star power in the Coyotes forward group has long been trumpeted as a reason to rely on all four lines to produce offensively.

The Desert Dog Blog: Odd Series vs. Ducks Begins Saturday - Phoenix Coyotes - Features
In his latest blog, Dave Vest writes about the three-game series the Coyotes will play vs. Anaheim over the next five days.

3 Questions About The Anaheim Ducks With Anaheim Calling - Five For Howling
Chris Kober from SB Nation's Anaheim Ducks site, Anaheim Calling, answers three questions posed to him by the Five for Howling.

Know Thy Enemy: Three Questions With Carl From Five For Howling - Anaheim Calling
Ahead of the home-home and home series against the Phoenix Coyotes, we get to know Carl Putnam, Managing Editor at Five for Howling.

Portland Pirates News

Johnson’s Solid Start Spoiled in Shootout against Sharks
The Portland Pirates fell in a shootout 2-1 to the Worcester Sharks at the Cumberland County Civic Center.

Worcester goalie frustrates Pirates | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram
Phoenix's recall of Rob Klinkhammer and Chris Brown lead to a weaker Portland power play.

Pirates Assign Louis Domingue to Gwinnett (ECHL)
Domingue heading back to the ECHL as the goalie shuffle continues in the minors.

Gwinnett Gladiators News

Glads Topped in Florida, 3-2 - Gwinnett Gladiators
A late comeback couldn't erase the early deficit as the Everblades held off Gwinnett.

Arizona Sundogs News

Rapid City Tops Arizona with 4-2 Win: Sundogs News
The Rush scored two early goals and then held on, capping the win with an empty netter.

Manchester Phoenix News

Brave Phoenix Fall Short in Cup Semi Final - News - Manchester Phoenix
Manchester Phoenix 4 - Guildford Flames 3 (Aggregate 8-9). Manchester Phoenix fell agonisingly close in the EPL Cup semi final at the Dome on Saturday evening. A pulsating game that Phoenix controlled for long periods ended with them going out of the cup by one goal.

News From Around the NHL

Kings-Canucks Recap: Kings' Goaltending Excellence, Win Streak End in 5-2 Loss to Vancouver - Jewels From The Crown
It's a rough night for Jonathan Quick, as the Canucks get a number of good looks at the net and the Conn Smythe winner can't keep them out. The Sedins dazzle and the depth forwards contribute, while the Kings' previously flourishing offense struggle.

Power play actually scores as Sharks dominate Predators - Fear The Fin
San Jose's reanimated power play led them past Nashville to a 2-1 win, their first at home in regulation since late January.

Flyers vs. Senators recap: 2-1 win gets Flyers back to .500 (sorta?) - Broad Street Hockey
The Flyers are back to the .500 mark -- the NHL's definition of it, at least -- with Saturday's 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators. This game also featured, not one, but two questionable hits that may be suspendable - see below.

Harry Zolnierczyk hits Mike Lundin: Will he be suspended? - Broad Street Hockey
We know there is a hearing scheduled for today - right now the only question is really how many games.

Alfredsson cross-checks Zac Rinaldo in face | Backhand Shelf | Blogs |
Interesting to see both of the broadcasts' takes on the blindside hit and Daniel Alfredsson's crosscheck to the head back-to-back.

Bruins vs. Lightning Recap: Marchand's power play goal wins it for Boston - Stanley Cup of Chowder
Although matinee hockey isn't always the greatest for the Bruins, they managed to get it done against the Lightning today - in a manner that isn't exactly Bruins typical, either.

Devils vs. Sabres Recap: Pominville Shines In Shootout Victory - Die By The Blade
Jason Pominville scored two goals and the game winning shootout goal to give the Buffalo Sabres a 4-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday afternoon.

Recap: Caps 3, Jets 0 - Japers' Rink
Holtby stops 35 shots, Caps win 3-0.

Canadiens vs Penguins - Extended Game Recap - Habs fall in overtime in a wild one - Eyes On The Prize
The Penguins were one of two teams in the East that has performed at a similar level to the Habs this year, and playing a run and game, Montreal game up with an overtime loss.

Game 21 Recap: Hurricanes 6, Panthers 2 - Canes Country
Riley Nash and Jussi Jokinen break out, Canes dominate at home

O’Reilly says it was "worth it to wait this long" to sign | ProHockeyTalk
With the payout he got, I'd say it was.

Selanne arrived with flashy 76-goal rookie season - - 92/93: Greatest Season?
On March 2, 1993, Winnipeg Jets forward Teemu Selanne broke the NHL rookie record for goals with a hat trick against the Quebec Nordiques.

The Final Howl

Watch ‘fight’ between LNAH’s Francis Lessard and Sebastien Laferriere turn into epic stare down (VIDEO) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports