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Wednesday's Coyotes Tracks - day late and a point short

The Phoenix Coyotes were unable to keep pace with the Dallas Stars last night, as Dallas won in a shootout while Phoenix lost in overtime. More on that and other stories in today's edition of the Tracks.

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Kirk Irwin

Coyotes News

Phoenix Coyotes @ Columbus Blue Jackets recap: nail-biting - Five For Howling
The Phoenix Coyotes need some help as they drop their game against the Columbus Blue Jackets in overtime by a final of 4-3.

Coyotes fall to Blue Jackets in OT | FOX Sports on MSN
Phoenix has gone winless in five consecutive games.

Coyotes fall to the Blue Jackets in overtime -
Ryan Johansen scored on a wrist shot at 3:33 of overtime to lead the Blue Jackets to a 4-3 win over the Coyotes on Tuesday night.

Game 80 Recap: Agony and Ecstacy - The Cannon
Ever screamed in a place that was so loud you didn't even hear yourself, you simply felt the vibration of your throat?

Coyotes' Ekman-Larsson continues raising game with 'big goal' -
Oliver Ekman-Larsson served up overtime with his point shot at 19:45 of the third period.

NHL Draft rankings 2014: Central Scouting's final rankings - Five For Howling
Who would you like to see the Phoenix Coyotes draft?

Gladiators News

Resurgent Gladiators focused on positives in final week of season | Gwinnett Daily Post
It’s a shame the Gwinnett Gladiators don’t play in the Western Conference, because they’re finally a team that could make some noise in the postseason.

News From Around the Hockey World

Dallas Stars Survive Nashville Predators, Stay Ahead of Phoenix with 3-2 Shootout Victory - Defending Big D

Recap: Blues Fail to Capture Win Against Caps - St. Louis Game Time
All of a sudden the St. Louis Blues are looking very beatable.

Avalanche Easily Down Oilers - Mile High Hockey
Attention St. Louis, Objects In Your Rear View Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear.

Recap: Lightning 3, Leafs 0, Leafs Eliminated - Pension Plan Puppets
Although we've seen this coming for months, foresight doesn't do much to take the sting off losing 9 out of 11 games.

What went wrong for the Toronto Maple Leafs? -
The Toronto Maple Leafs went from third place to out of the playoffs in less than a month. How in the world does something like that happen?

Nathan Horton leaves with lower-body injury, likely to ‘make’ history Wednesday | ProHockeyTalk
If he doesn't play, he will be the first NHLer to be credited with a goal in a game he did not dress for.

Alex Ovechkin Scores 50... Again - Japers' Rink
But remember that he sucks because his +/- is so low.

The Minnesota Wild, the playoff bubble, and the importance of homegrown talent -
The Minnesota Wild spend to the cap, have some good young players, but can't seem to take the next step in their development. Is this their ceiling?

Canucks Fire GM Mike Gillis - Nucks Misconduct
Less than a day after their NHL playoff hopes officially died, Vancouver management has shown GM Mike Gillis the door in what may be a very long - but ultimately necessary - summer of bloodletting for the franchise.

Kris Letang to return tonight? - PensBurgh
What a comeback.

The problem facing the city of Winnipeg and Evander Kane - Arctic Ice Hockey
Is Evander Kane really a problem for the Jets off the ice or is Winnipeg itself cultivating their assumptions of him based on the social constructs of race?

The Final Howl

Father, daughter use Whalers' Brass Bonanza for wedding dance (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports