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Friday's Coyotes Tracks - not up to the task

With control of their postseason fate on the line yet again, the Phoenix Coyotes were yet again unable to rise to the occasion. More on that and other stories in today's edition of the Tracks.

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Frederick Breedon

Coyotes News

Nashville Predators vs. Phoenix Coyotes recap: mired in mediocrity - Five For Howling
The Nashville Predators defeated the Phoenix Coyotes 2-0 on Thursday night.

Coyotes drop critical game to Predators in Nashville -
A Dallas win against St. Louis tonight eliminates the Coyotes from the playoffs.

Coyotes' death march continues in Nashville | FOX Sports on MSN
"Roller coasters are filled with thrills. The only thing close to a high the Coyotes have experienced in the last two weeks is the knowledge that they still have a pulse, albeit a faint one."

Nashville Predators 2, Phoenix Coyotes 0: Pekka Rinne Shuts Out the Coyotes, Sets Franchise Record - On the Forecheck
The Coyotes badly needed a win to improve their playoff chances, but Rinne shut the door while becoming the winningest goalie in franchise history.

Phoenix Coyotes co-owner would prefer longer overtime to shootout -
George Gosbee would like to see an eight or ten minute overtime.

Arizona could be home to Coyotes' AHL affiliate | FOX Sports Arizona
NHL's western-based teams pushing AHL for creation of Pacific Division.

Pirates News

Former Black Bear Abbott, Pirates' Miele earn AHL honors - WLBZ Bangor
Andy Miele was named to the AHL Second Team.

College Hockey

Frozen Four scores 2014: Union survives Boston College, 5-4, will play for national title -
Union College will play for its first ever national title on Saturday after holding off favored Boston College, 5-4, in the national semifinals.

Frozen Four 2014: Minnesota advances on unbelievable buzzer-beater goal -
One of the best finishes in college hockey history? It has to be.

News From Around the Hockey World

Kings @ Oilers Recap: LA Cruises Behind Gaborik, Kopitar - Jewels From The Crown
Gaborik and Kopitar lead the way, while Martin Jones moves LA one step closer to their first Jennings Trophy.

Minnesota Wild vs St. Louis Blues: Brodziak owns wrap up - Hockey Wilderness
Wild win 4-2 against the Blues.

Game 80 Recap: Avs climb atop the Central with a 4-2 win over Vancouver - Mile High Hockey
Who had Colorado leading the Central when the season started? I sure didn't.

Game 81: Jets Beat Bruins 2-1 in the Shootout - Arctic Ice Hockey
The Winnipeg Jets took on the Boston Bruins in the last home game of the year.

Introducing Possession-Independent Hitting and Shot-Blocking - Eyes On The Prize
The NHL's real-time statistics do a poor job of quantifying a team's ability to hit and block shots. I looked into whether they could be improved.

Brendan Shanahan Named Toronto Maple Leafs' New President - Pension Plan Puppets
What do we know about Brendan Shanahan's executive history and what does it mean for the Maple Leafs?

The Dating Game: Three Possible Suitors for Nashville's Head Coaching Job - On the Forecheck
With the season essentially over and speculation about the time left for Head Coach Barry Trotz, can any of these three candidates make the difference in Nashville?

Rupp given match penalty for headshot to Oshie, (last name)-aban coming | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Mike Rupp leveled a pretty bad headshot on TJ Oshie.

Report: Quintal to become NHL’s new discipline czar | ProHockeyTalk
He is replacing the outgoing Brendan Shanahan. Here;s a picture of him punching P.J. Stock.

Alex Galchenyuk ruled out for the 1st round of the playoffs - Eyes On The Prize
Some bad news following an ugly loss to the Islanders involving Alex Galchenyuk.

The Final Howl

When Hockey and the Military Collide - Hockey Wilderness
Minnesota Wild defenseman Jonathon Blum opens up to Hockey Wilderness about his work with Defending the Blue Line and his life as a military spouse.