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Friday's Coyotes Tracks - Erat is rad

The Phoenix Coyotes get their first win in the first game of the Martin Erat era. More on that and other stories in today's edition of the Tracks.

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Christian Petersen

Coyotes News

Phoenix Coyotes go streaking for the first time in nearly two months - Five For Howling
The Phoenix Coyotes defeated the Montreal Canadiens 5-2 on Thursday night.

Vrbata breaks out in Coyotes' critical win over Canadiens | FOX Sports Arizona
"These are desperate points for us before we go on the road," Tippett added. "We needed this win bad."

Radim Vrbata scores twice, Phoenix Coyotes rout Montreal Canadiens -
The Coyotes offense enjoyed a rebirth, at least compared to recent standards, pulling away for a 5-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens.

Ice Bites: Grading Phoenix Coyotes trade for Martin Erat -
Carter Nacke gives his assessment of Don Maloney's Trade Deadline activity.

Phoenix Coyotes coach Dave Tippett easing Martin Erat into lineup -
Coyotes coach Dave Tippett met with newly auired winger Martin Erat on Thursday morning to debrief him on the team’s structure and style, but Erat is still being afforded somewhat of a grace period to settle into the lineup.

Hockey magazine disliked Coyotes' trade deadline deal -
Not everybody thought this was a good deal.

Canadiens vs Coyotes Top Six Minutes: Vanek Debut Edition - Eyes On The Prize
A hilarious and witty recap of the Coyotes VS the COME ON YOU HAVE VANEK NOW!

Gladiators News

Gladiators make additions to roster | Gwinnett Daily Post
The Gwinnett Gladiators made a couple of moves Thursday, signing rookie goaltender Josh Unice and forward Will MacDonald.

Sundogs News

Baker's 3 goals highlight Sundogs' biggest offensive night of season - The Prescott Daily Courier - Prescott, Arizona
The Sundogs won in emphatic fashion.

Arizona College Hockey

Arizona Loses in Round One of National Tournament 4-3 to Illinois | Arizona Wildcat Hockey
U of A's first postseason appearance in almost a decade is already over.

News From Around the Hockey World

Sharks top Penguins in instant classic - Fear The Fin
In perhaps the most exciting games the Sharks have played all season, they overcame an early 2-0 deficit to defeat the first-place team in the East.

Kings @ Jets Recap: LA Looks Sharp, Wins 3-1 in Gaborik's Debut - Jewels From The Crown
It's the rare game in which the Kings dominate shots, get most of the chances, and win in regulation.

Recap: Blues Score More Goals than Predators and Win Game in Nashville - St. Louis Game Time
Blues rule and Predators drool. Steen sucks at penalty shots but Blues win anyways.

A #Yeesh Game Recap ( 6-1 L ) - Nucks Misconduct
The downwards spiral continued with the first game after the trade deadline, a 6-1 disaster.

Smyth Surpasses Gretzky on "Gretzky Night" - The Copper & Blue
The Oilers beat the New York Islanders in as over time win.

Capitals recall Brown after acquiring him in trade | NHL Hockey |
The Washington Capitals have recalled forward Chris Brown from Hershey of the AHL, two days after they acquired him in a trade with the Phoenix Coyotes.

Dustin Byfuglien sends Jake Muzzin into the bench -
Dustin Byfuglien crushed Jake Muzzin into the Winnipeg Jets' bench.

Zack Kassian ejected for hit on Brenden Dillon of Dallas; suspension coming? (GIF) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
So much illegal.

Super 16: NHL Teams hang on to top picks - Super 16: NHL Power Rankings
The Super 16 this week focuses on what each of the top teams have done despite not trading an unconditional 2014 first-round pick in the past month.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the Marian Gaborik Trade - Jewels From The Crown
The Kings got their man. We break down why this may have been the right move, and why it may have been the wrong move.

At least Canucks GM Mike Gillis did one thing right (Trending Topics) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Gillis is totally prepared to blow up this roster; and while Canucks fans will be loath to hear it, is the best thing that could happen to it.

Luongo has Twitter fun at Canucks’ expense | ProHockeyTalk
He should provide commentary to as many Vancouver games as possible.

The Final Howl

WATCH: A video tribute to the Jaroslav Halak era in Buffalo -