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Friday's Coyotes Tracks - border battle part two

Today North America is closed for the semifinal game between the United States and Canada. More on that and other stories in today's edition of the Tracks.

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Coyotes News

Coyotes hit ground running with 'tough' practice | FOX Sports on MSN
Also of note, Derek Morris has not participated in the first couple of practices.

Phoenix Coyotes defensemen Brandon Gormley, Chris Summers 'deserve to have a look' -
The two practices already in the books for the Coyotes have easily resembled a training camp setup.

Sochi 2014: Phoenix Coyotes take sides, make picks for Olympic hockey semis - ABC 15
To nobody's great surprise, there are more Maple Leafs than Stars and Stripes in the Coyotes' locker room.

Olympics News

2014 Winter Olympics: Team Canada grabs gold again in women's hockey - Five For Howling
Team USA blows 2-0 lead with under four minutes to play and loses Olympic gold medal game in overtime.

Men's Semifinals TV Schedule: Team Canada Takes on USA; Sweden and Finland Battle - Defending Big D
USA vs Canada on Friday. Again. Hold on to your butts.

USA vs. Canada: Game time, TV schedule, online streaming and more -
The United States and Canada face off against each other one round earlier than most people wanted, in a rematch of the gold medal game in 2010.

Who’s to blame for Russia’s collapse? - The Globe and Mail
Time to play the blame game.

Late surprise: Martin out for U.S., Faulk to make Olympic debut | ProHockeyTalk
Big shakeup on the American back end.

Winter Olympics 2014: Does Mike Babcock deserve criticism for Canada's goal scoring woes? -
Team Canada is 4-0 heading into the semifinals in men's hockey, but the lack of goal scoring has become a major worry. Should it be?

Winter Olympics 2014: Austrian hockey team partied hard before losing to Slovenia -
Austria's 4-0 loss to Slovenia wasn't a huge shock in the qualifying round, but it was a disappointing result for the Austrians, and it seems that hard partying may have contributed to the listless effort.

News From Around the Hockey World

John Tavares Injury: Torn MCL, meniscus, out for season - Lighthouse Hockey
Team Canada and the Isles both lost a key player yesterday.

Sakic: Avs want to talk extension with O’Reilly this summer | ProHockeyTalk
They're eligible to trade him on Feb. 28.

Hockey Trades Black Eyes for Blackface - Bloomberg
Canada hockey's close win over Latvia has created as much buzz over what nearly happened on the ice as what went on in the stands.

The Final Howl

WATCH: Rob Ford, Edmonton Oilers celebrate Canada's golden goal -