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Friday's Coyotes Tracks - start with a bang

The second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs got off to a terrific double-overtime start courtesy of the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens. More on that and other stories in today's edition of the Tracks.

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Mommy! A giant!
Mommy! A giant!
Jared Wickerham

Playoffs News

Canadiens do what matters, win game 1 - Eyes On The Prize
In a game where the Canadiens were outshot, outchanced, outhit, and outplayed, they did what matters, and have a 1-0 series lead over Boston.

I HAVE A TRAIN TO CATCH - Bruins lose in 2OT to Habs - Stanley Cup of Chowder
Sad trumpet sounds.

Patrice Bergeron breaks stick, prevents breakaway with open ice hip check -

NHL playoff predictions: How did our experts fare in Round 1? -
Let's look back and see how our first round playoff predictions match up with reality.

Rangers Vs. Penguins: And Here We Go - Blueshirt Banter
Let's get this party started.

Get to Know a Ranger: Derek Stepan - PensBurgh
For part of our preview of the Penguins vs. New York Rangers series, we profile a couple of important but perhaps lesser known players that may be the difference between winning and losing.

VIDEO: Watch every overtime winner from the first round again -
Nothing beats an overtime-winning goal in the playoffs. The first round featured 14 of them and here they are, all in one video.

Coyotes News

Better know a free agent: David Moss - Five For Howling
The Coyote winger is a free agent heading into the offseason. Would the Coyotes be wise to bring him back to the pack for another go around?

Phoenix Coyotes' Keith Yandle Needs to Elevate His Defensive Game | Bleacher Report
With success usually comes some failure. But is Keith Yandle out of balance?

News From Around the Hockey World

Canucks fire John Tortorella after one season - Nucks Misconduct
In a move that shocked nobody, the Vancouver Canucks announced on Thursday morning that John Tortorella has been relieved of his coaching duties.

Stanley Cup playoffs: Nathan MacKinnon is here, so let's all get used to it -
It's his world, we all just live in it.

Halak to the Future? Islanders acquire goalie from Capitals for fourth round pick - Lighthouse Hockey
Arguably the biggest need of the New York Islanders may finally have been addressed.

USA lands veteran goalie Tim Thomas for worlds - USA Today
He joins a young roster that include Coyotes' defenseman Connor Murphy.

Poti announces retirement | ProHockeyTalk
He "had an awesome ride" though.

2014 NHL Offseason: Dallas Stars Salary Cap Situation - Defending Big D
How is the salary situation shaping up?

The Final Howl

VIDEO: HNIC montage wonderfully encapsulates Bruins-Habs rivalry -
Excuse me while I go bench-press a moving van.