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Monday's Coyotes Tracks - Ristolainen's golden goal

On today's Tracks: Finland wins gold, Canada fails to medal and Keith Yandle could have been a Flyer.

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Coyotes News

Phoenix Coyotes hope to fix problem areas as playoff push looms -
The most important measure of their success — whether they’re in the playoffs — suggests the Coyotes are in good shape at the midway point of the season as they reached that milepost in the eighth and final seed in the Western Conference.

Coyotes Loss Has Fans Pointing Fingers - Nebulous Verbosity
A bad loss to the Flyers on Shane Doan's return night has fans pointing fingers at individuals, they should use their toes to point as well.

Flyers could've had Keith Yandle, wound up with Luke Schenn - NHL - Sporting News
Paul Holmgren turned down a trade that would've sent van Riemsdyk to the Phoenix Coyotes for defenseman Keith Yandle a few hours before pulling the trigger on Schenn-JVR, according to CSN Philly's Tim Panaccio.

World Junior Championship News

2014 World Junior Championship: Finland Wins Gold With 3-2 Overtime Upset Of Sweden - Defending Big D
Finland completes the underdog story and wins their first Gold at the WJC since 1998. Meanwhile, Russia tops Canada to win the bronze

2014 IIHF World Junior Championship Postmortem: Assessing Team USA’s Tournament | The United States of Hockey
The U.S. National Junior Team saw their World Junior Championship come to an end far sooner than they could have expected it to in 2014.

World Juniors: Russia beats Canada 2-1, wins bronze | ProHockeyTalk
Two years in a row with no medal for Canada.

News From Around the Hockey World

Blackhawks Drop A Point To The Sharks - Second City Hockey
Two 3rd period goals are not enought to get the Hawks past the Sharks.

A "Really Guys, You Shouldn't Have" Game Recap - Nucks Misconduct
Eddie Lack was the best player on the ice, the Canucks' truncated lineup wouldn't quit hold the fort, and with the injuries suddenly piling up all at once, the Canucks fell to the Pacific leading Ducks on a last second goal from Corey Perry.

Barry Trotz vents over Carter Hutton's goaltending: "not good enough for this league" - On the Forecheck
Following tonight's 2-1 loss at Carolina, Nashville Predators head coach Barry Trotz let out some frustration over Carter Hutton's goaltending, basically pinning blame on him for the loss.

Carolina Hurricanes 2, Nashville Predators 1: Skinner does it again... - On the Forecheck
Back in December, Jeff Skinner lit up the Preds for his first career hat trick, tonight, all it took was a late 3rd-period goal to sink Nashville.

Malkin's return helps Pens win a track meet 6-5 against Winnipeg - PensBurgh
The Pittsburgh Penguins win their 12th straight home-game in a wide-open 6-5 win that saw Evgeni Malkin come back from injury to record 2 goals and 1 assist.

Canucks GM says Luongo’s issue might be worse than day-to-day | ProHockeyTalk
Mike Gillis steams about Dustin Brown running his goalie.

Kings send Martin Jones to the AHL | ProHockeyTalk
Jonathan Quick's return forced the move.

Jersey Fouls Extra: Mikhail ‘Grabovsky’ edition | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Jersey Fouls is an ongoing exploration of the rules and etiquette for proper hockey jersey creation and exhibition.

Off topic: 2013 Shorty Awards for Hockey recap: A lockout sullied Shorty season - Raw Charge
With the 6th annual Shorty Awards nomination season imminent, here's a recap of the top hockey Twitter accounts from last year's Shorty season.

A Special Memory: 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® Recap - Winging It In Motown
Members of the Winging it in Motown Masthead give their perspectives on a day for the ages.

The Final Howl

Bat flies around Bell Centre, delays Canadiens vs. Senators game (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports