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It took eighty games, but the Phoenix Coyotes have officially been eliminated from postseason contention. More on that and other stories in today's edition of the Tracks.

Christian Petersen

Coyotes News

Phoenix Coyotes eliminated from playoff contention - Five For Howling
With the Dallas Stars' victory over the St. Louis Blues on Friday night, the Phoenix Coyotes are officially eliminated from playoff contention with two games remaining in the regular season.

Stars' win ends Coyotes' playoff hopes | FOX Sports Arizona
Hours before his team knew its fate, defenseman Zbynek Michalek finally declared what everyone else was thinking about this so-called playoff race between the Coyotes and the Stars.

Dallas win eliminates Coyotes from playoff contention - azcentral.com
So what now?

Coyotes coach: If Mike Smith can play he will, but right now he can't play - ArizonaSports.com
And there's a good chance that he's done for the year.

Mercyhurst's Daniel O'Donoghue Signs with Phoenix Coyotes - SB Nation College Hockey
Mercyhurst senior forward Daniel O'Donoghue inked a contract with the Coyotes.

Pirates News

Falcons continue dominance of Pirates | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram
Springfield takes a 5-2 decision as the AHL season winds down.

Sundogs News

Power play for both teams making the difference as Mavs tie Sundogs - The Prescott Daily Courier
Game Five begins tonight at 7:05 in Arizona.

News From Around the Hockey World

Dallas Stars Clinch Second Wild-Card Berth with Win Over St. Louis Blues - Defending Big D
It will be the first appearance Dallas makes in the postseason since 2008.

Blackhawks Play Hockey and Lose To The Capitals - Second City Hockey
The Blackhawks plod into the capital city and leave with a 4-0 beating.

Havlat hat trick, Stalock saves earn Sharks 5-1 win - Fear The Fin
Martin Havlat's hat trick and Alex Stalock's superb goaltending performance earned the Sharks a 5-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche.

Instant Recap Game 82: Jets Beat the Flames 5-3 to End the Season - Arctic Ice Hockey
The end is here! We have made it through 82 games. Some were good, some were bad and we will never get the time spent back. But the Jets won tonight and that is that.

Devils lose shootout on back-to-back spin-o-rama shots - SBNation.com
The New Jersey Devils are now 0-13 in the shootout this season, and this might have been their most incredible loss yet.

Remembering Ryan Smyth - The Copper & Blue
Remembering Ryan Smyth's contributions to the Edmonton Oilers.

NCAA Frozen Four: Being pushed out of comfort zone helped Union reach title game | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Two years removed from their last Frozen Four appearance, Union stands poised to take home a championship.

Ovechkin would have to negotiate out of current deal to head to KHL | ProHockeyTalk
I would place the odds of the Caps letting him go to Russia at somewhere below zero.

Ryan Malone arrested on charges of DUI, cocaine possession - Raw Charge
While due process is to play out still, the forward was arrested at 5:40 AM for DUI and cocaine possession.

Report: Tomas Hertl medically cleared to return to Sharks lineup - CBSSports.com
San Jose's dynamic rookie Tomas Hertl has reportedly been cleared to return to game action after missing the last 45 games with a knee injury.

NHL concussion lawsuit: Try to look beyond 'Sydney Crosby', Gordie Howe errors - Sporting News
There are some pretty embarrassing errors in the latest class-action lawsuit.

Peter DeBoer to coach Toronto Maple Leafs? Say it ain’t so, Lou | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
DeBoer’s contract is reportedly up after this season, and with Brendan Shanahan at the helm and Randy Carlyle looking like he’ll be fired, the speculation is that DeBoer could leave for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Final Howl

Flames team up for hilarious own goal - SBNation.com