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Thursday's Coyotes Tracks - One down, three to go

Three teams lead and three teams trail after the first night of playoff festivities and Dave Tippett heads back to the World Championship for Canada in today's tracks

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Coyotes News

Coyotes' Dave Tippett named Team Canada coach --
Hockey Canada announced Tippett as its coach for the national men's team that will participate in the upcoming IIHF World Championship.

Coyotes leaning toward a careful restructuring --
The Phoenix Coyotes brass has cautioned against a sweeping youth movement and instead looks to be more careful in this off-season's restructuring.

All Leagues Leaderboard | 2014 Bracket Challenge
See where you stand in the Five For Howling Playoff Bracket Challenge!

Fantasy Hockey and Phoenix's seven best kept secrets - Five For Howling
Darren Kennedy explains why Phoenix is a criminally underutilized fantasy destination.

Roundtable: NHL playoff predictions - Five For Howling
A breakdown of every first round playoff match-up.

Pirates News

Pirates lose for the ninth straight time | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram
In its final game at Lewiston this season, Portland loses to Albany in a shootout, 3-2.

Sundogs News

Dog Caller - Arizona Sundogs take round one in thrilling fashion - Five For Howling
The AZ Sundogs and the Missouri Mavericks continued their opening round series with three games in Arizona and one in Missouri. Two of the games would go to double overtime, and neither would be won by more than two goals in this exhilarating series.

News From Around the Hockey World

2014 NHL Playoffs: Dallas Stars Drop Game 1 Versus Anaheim Ducks 4-3 - Defending Big D
A late surge by the Dallas Stars brought them up just short of forcing extra time tonight in game one of the NHL playoffs.

Ryan Getzlaf hit in face by Tyler Seguin slap shot -
Protecting a lead in the final seconds, Ryan Getzlaf took a Tyler Seguin slap shot right to the face.

ADSF Game 1 recap: Lightning drop opener 5-4 in overtime - Raw Charge
Game one of the Atlantic Division semifinals goes to the Montreal Canadiens with a 5-4 overtime victory the Tampa Bay Lightning burdened themselves with turnovers and generally tentative play.

Game 1 Recap: Pens rally back to beat Blue Jackets 4-3 - PensBurgh
Down 3-1 after giving up a short-handed goal to Derek MacKenzie, the Pittsburgh Penguins stabilized and fought back to beat Sergei Bobrovsky three straight times and take Game 1 by the final score of 4-3.

Avalanche vs. Wild preview: Colorado's potent offense takes on Minnesota's strong defense -
The Avalanche are the biggest surprise of the 2013-14 season, led by great goaltending and a potent offense. Can they keep it up against the strong defense of the Wild?

2014 NHL Playoff Preview : Blackhawks vs Blues - Second City Hockey
The Blackhawks and Blues are set to do battle in the playoffs for the 11th time in their long rivalry.

Kings Sharks Playoff Preview: Matchups and Possession - Jewels From The Crown
The Kings and Sharks are two of the strongest puck possession teams in the NHL. The Kings lead the league in that department while the Sharks are 5th. Let’s take a look...

New York Rangers news: McDonagh and Brassard in, Mason out for Flyers, and Diaz likely to sit - Blueshirt Banter
A day ahead of Game 1 between the Rangers and Flyers, we're beginning to see how both teams' lineups might look like.

NHL gives Sidney Crosby MVP two months before awards ceremony (spoiler alert!) | Post-to-Post
Seems Sidney Crosby is such as obvious choice for Most Valuable Player that the league didn’t see any point in waiting until June 24 in Vegas to announce it.

Why take Stamkos over Crosby or Toews? Goals are still the goal in the playoffs | Post-to-Post
Given Crosby’s past concussion issues, which could come up again without notice, and the fact Toews isn’t the supreme scorer on his team, there is reason to choose someone else first overall.

Sochi Problems: Olympics hurt NHL teams that sent several players to Games | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Longley ran the numbers through last Friday’s games, and discovered the trend has continued after the Sochi Games, as goal differential dropped by 0.077 per Olympian.

PHOTO: Patrick Kane, Brandon Saad bring back playoff mullets -
The Blackhawks' good luck charms are back. That would be the mullets for Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad.

Staal, Ward say they want to stay in Carolina | ProHockeyTalk
But both acknowledge they've heard the rumblings.

NHL Playoffs map shows who North Americans are rooting for -
It turns out that Facebook IS good for something!

The Final Howl

Watch Hockey Night In Canada’s awesome Metallica fueled playoff opener (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports