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Wednesday's Coyotes Tracks - Head Scratcher

The Phoenix Coyotes once again struggled to put together a 60 minute effort, falling to the Dallas Stars 3-1. More on that and other stories in today's edition of the Tracks.

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Smitty stayed in the spotlight, while the rest of the team faded to the shadows.
Smitty stayed in the spotlight, while the rest of the team faded to the shadows.
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Coyotes News

Dallas Stars vs Phoenix Coyotes recap: a familiar way to lose - Five For Howling
The Dallas Stars defeated the Phoenix Coyotes 3-1 on Tuesday night.

Phoenix Coyotes fail to capitalize in loss to Dallas Stars -
Coyotes wasted a chance to put distance between them and a team chasing them in the standings as the Stars rallied for a 3-1 win Tuesday in front of 12,257 at Arena.

'Yotes Notes: Lack of execution keeps Phoenix from retaining Wild Card spot -
It was not a good effort from the home team.

Inconsistency still the Coyotes' calling card | FOX Sports on MSN
This next week will be very interesting.

Dallas Stars' Depth Scoring Kicks In For A 3-1 Win Over Phoenix Coyotes - Defending Big D
The Stars move to just two points out of the last playoff spot.

Olympic Hockey News

Winter Olympics 2014: Henrik Lundqvist on Sweden's chances, tournament fatigue -
After winning gold in 2006, Sweden is hoping to rebound from a disappointing 2010 tournament in Vancouver. They'll be led by goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who spoke with SB Nation before the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

A miracle put on ice -
Four years after the 'Miracle on Ice', the 1984 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team never had a chance.

Pirates News

Portland Pirates out, Junior Pirates in at Colisee | Sun Journal
The Portland Pirates will return to Portland next season.

News From Around the Hockey World

Bruins 3 Canucks 1: B's get first victory vs. Vancouver since 2011 - Stanley Cup of Chowder
Iginla got his 600th assist, Paille scored on a breakaway...everything was great!

Rangers Vs. Avalanche Recap: Rangers Defeat Avalanche 5-1 In Dominating Fashion - Blueshirt Banter
The New York defeated the Colorado Avalanche by a score of 5-1, and put on quite the dominating performance at Madison Square Garden.

Canadiens vs Flames Top Six Minutes: What's the opposite of red hot? - Eyes On The Prize
A hockey game was played between the Montreal Canadiens and Calgary Flames. The Habs won 2-0. Fun was had by all. All who were out doing things instead of watching this game, that is.

Instant Recap: Winnipeg Jets weather the storm, defeat Carolina Hurricanes - Arctic Ice Hockey
The Jets were able to survive a late onslaught from the Hurricanes and got an unsuspecting game winning goal from Chris Thorburn.

Minnesota Wild vs Tampa Bay Lightning: Game recap - Hockey Wilderness
The Wild make a nice return home to the X with a wonderful 2pts.

Mike Babcock will start different goalies in Canada's first two games -
No, that does not include Mike Smith.

Martin Erat is chasing history -
Will Washington Capitals forward Martin Erat score a goal this season? If he doesn't, it would be an historic effort.

Ondrej Pavelec and the possibility of the Winnipeg Jets buying him out - Arctic Ice Hockey
Ondrej Pavelec is no longer the Winnipeg Jets' goaltender of the future and his contract situation is handcuffing the team.

George McPhee May or May Not Be Colossally Wrong About Caps Goaltending - Russian Machine Never Breaks
A really neat look at defining quality work by goaltenders.

Stanley Cup odds – Blues alone at the top - Linemakers - Sporting News
So you're saying there's a chance?

The Final Howl

The 5 Funniest Hockey Tweets of the Week: Hasty Work Edition - Battle of California