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Tuesday's Coyotes Tracks - Back in the Hunt

A late Coyotes win against the Los Angeles Kings puts them back in the playoff picture, a brawl between the Winnipeg Jets and the St. Louis Blues and potential draft changes, all in today's tracks!

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Coyotes News

Phoenix Coyotes at Los Angeles Kings Recap: 21-1 - Five For Howling
The Coyotes played one good period, one terrible, horrible, no good, very bad period and one great period en route to a roller coaster victory in Hollywood that vaulted them back into playoff position.

Halpern's late goal lifts Coyotes over Kings | FOX Sports on MSN
It may not have been pretty, but Phoenix needed two points more than they needed a signature win.

Coyotes @ Kings Recap: Phoenix Stuns LA Late for 4-3 Win - Jewels From The Crown
LA overcomes an early 2-0 deficit and looks dominant for a large part of the game, but Phoenix gets two in the third to win it at Staples.

Coyotes' Dave Tippett wants to start Mike Smith rest of season --
Tippett has made it clear he intends to rely on Smith the rest of the way, but "he's gotta be physically ready to ride," he said.

Defense is Coyotes' Chris Summers' ticket to stay --
Chris Summers knows to have longevity in this league and to continue to earn ice time with the Coyotes, he must execute a different role.

Monday Morning Musings: Playoffs? - Five For Howling
A look back at an interesting week in Coyotes hockey with thoughts and observations from Managing Editor Jaime Eisner.

News From Around the Hockey World

Bruins Tame Wild, Win 4-1 - Stanley Cup of Chowder
Fueled by two Iginla Goals, the Bruins broke the curse of the Minnesota Wild.

Game 68 recap: Lightning top Vancouver 4-3, third straight win caps home stand - Raw Charge
The Tampa Bay Lightning stretched their win streak to three games with a 4-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks, thanks in part to a couple of fortunate bounces.

Lightning celebrate Stanley Cup anniversary with wrong date -
So close, Tampa Bay. So close.

Recap: Winnipeg Jets left singing the Blues in 3-1 loss to St. Louis - Arctic Ice Hockey
Despite tying up the game early in the third, a bad bounce on the PK and a pair of empty-netters sealed the fate of the Jets on the evening, and likely on their season.

Jets, Blues game ends with line brawl, mysterious goal that is taken away -
Chaos unfolded in the closing minutes of the Winnipeg Jets-St. Louis Blues game on Monday night.

Report: More changes could come to draft lottery before 2015 draft -
As it stands now, the team with the worst record in the NHL is guaranteed to pick no lower than second. Before the stacked 2015 draft, that could change.

Stajan to play first game since son’s passing | ProHockeyTalk
He'll be in the Calgary lineup Tuesday vs. Buffalo.

Report: Nolan, Sabres closing in on three-year extension | ProHockeyTalk
All that's left is to cross the T's and dot the lower-case J's.

Flames sign Yale standout Agostino | ProHockeyTalk
Was part of the Jarome Iginla-to-Pittsburgh trade.

Thomas Vanek 'decided a year ago' he wanted to hit free agency -
If the Montreal Canadiens have any hope of re-signing Thomas Vanek, they better make a big impression because he has been eyeing free agency for a while now.

Who has the best and worst special teams in the NHL? | ProHockeyTalk
The Coyotes come in 16th in the combined category.

Will The NHL See Tanking in 2014-15? --
You’ll hear the phrase "tanking" thrown around towards the NBA. However, when it comes to the NHL and the term tanking, it isn’t a hot button topic yet.

Three years after crash, Lokomotiv beats KHL champs in playoffs -
Two seasons ago Lokomotiv Yaroslav wasn't even playing after a horrific plane crash in 2011. On Monday they defeated two-time defending champion Dynamo Moscow in the KHL playoffs.

The Final Howl

KHL player suffers concussion after fans drop him during celebration (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Upon the team's arrival back home, some fans greeted them at the airport and decided to do celebrate by tossing a player into the air. That wasn't a great idea.