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Saturday's Coyotes Tracks - Climbing Up That Hill

The Coyotes continue their battle to get into the playoffs tonight against the lowly Colorado Avalanche. In today's edition of the Tracks, we have some more ownership news, some minor league playoff success, and the rest of the day that was in the hockey world.

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Doug Pensinger

Coyotes News

Coyotes' ownership saga enters stretch run - Fox Sports Arizona
Craig Morgan has been consistently accurate during this mess: if he says it, you can believe it.

Post-trade core for Phoenix Coyotes isn’t giving up on playoff race -
They seemed very much alive Thursday night.

Phoenix Coyotes Ownership Will Be Resolved Soon - The Hockey Writers
George Fallar believes this long saga has reached its endgame.

8 Debate: Mike Babcock earns nod as top NHL coach - 8 Debate
Coach Tip makes the list.

Pirates News

Pirates use 'new guys' in 4-2 win | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram
Call-ups by Phoenix force a revamped Pirates' lineup, but Portland still wins at Manchester to take the season series.

Pirates’ rookies have an impact in win over Manchester -Maine Hockey Journal
Portland now needs 8 points to clinch a playoff berth.

Gladiators News

Gwinnett stops South Carolina, 5-0, in Game 1 – The Post and Courier
The Gladiators got the ECHL playoffs off to a great start.

Sundogs News

Sundogs open offseason with many questions - The Prescott Daily Courier - Prescott, Arizona
Everything from coaching to league affiliation is up in the air this offseason.

Manchester Phoenix News

Manchester Phoenix chief Tony Hand targets "special" playoff weekend | Cheshire Today
Manchester Phoenix player-coach Tony Hand believe his side can carry the free-scoring form that saw them sweep aside Bracknell Bees last Sunday into a "special" playoff finals weekend at the Skydome in Coventry

News From Around the Hockey World

Sabres vs. Senators Recap: The Kids Are Alright In 4-2 Win Over Ottawa - Die By The Blade
The Sabres dominated the third period and got key contributions from some young call-ups as they downed the Senators 4-2.

Blue Jackets At Blues Recap: Blues Outshot, But Outscore Jackets Anyway - St. Louis Game Time
St. Louis moves to four points ahead of the Coyotes. Thanks a lot.

So Long Dear Friend: Red Wings 3 - Avalanche 2 - Winging It In Motown
This would've been the game for Colorado to win.

Dallas Stars Dispatch Ducks, 3-1, With Hard-Working Victory - Defending Big D
The Dallas Stars used a good team effort to take out the Ducks on Friday night.

Joe Pavelski makes it seven in a row - Fear The Fin
Captain America's goal with just over two minutes remaining gave the Sharks their seventh consecutive victory, matching a season-high winning streak.

Rangers Vs. Penguins Recap: Rangers Grab Three Out Of Four Points Against Pittsburgh - Blueshirt Banter
The New York Rangers may have lost in a shootout tonight, but they came away with three out of a possible four points tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Redmond returns to Jets six weeks after gruesome injury - - News
If you're squeamish, you probably shouldn't click this link.

Ducks vs. Stars: Viktor Fasth leaves his net on Eric Nystrom goal -
This is how not to play goalie.

First-time champion assured at 2013 NCAA Men's Frozen Four - - On Campus
Quinnipiac, Massachusetts-Lowell, St. Cloud State, and Yale all have a chance to do something special this year.

Del Zotto claims he was bracing himself during Neal hit | ProHockeyTalk
Another Penguin goes down for an indefinite amount of time.

The Final Howl

Evander Kane chucks a helmet, and hockey’s other great moments in throwing stuff | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
I can't believe there are multiple entries in this category.