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A blown lead for Chicago, a returning Russian for the Coyotes and Wheel of Miller! All in today's tracks!

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Jonathan Daniel

Playoffs News

Whip It, Whip It Good Blackhawks 2, Kings 6- Second City Hockey
Kings Whip The Blackhawks In Game 2 Of The Western Conference Final.

Habs to start Tokarski again in Game 3 | ProHockeyTalk
Peter Budaj sits, again.

How are the Stanley Cup Playoffs ratings for NBC? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
NBC has been rather lucky with its matchups thus far in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Like, leprechaun wearing horseshoes picking a four-leaf clover lucky.

The Los Angeles Kings have started a pizza war - SBNation.com
Sorry Chicago, the Kings don't believe in your pizza.

Coyotes News

Coyotes contact Tikhonov about possible NHL return | ProHockeyTalk
The club's first-round pick at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Coyotes in no rush to contact their own free agents -- azcentral.com
Of the six unrestricted free agents left on the Coyotes' roster, only one has received a call in the weeks since the season ended expressing interest in his return.

Projecting the Coyotes Playoff Chances Next Season -- thehockeywriters.com
Only 12 teams with a negative goal differential have made the playoffs since the 2004-05 NHL Lockout. Unfortunately the Coyotes were not one of them.

News From Around the Hockey World

Jim Benning hired as Vancouver Canucks general manager, according to report - SBNation.com
Jim Benning will be hired as the Canucks general manager, and he'll be tasked with hiring a new head coach.

Bruins keen on keeping Jarome Iginla after strong season - CBSSports.com
The one-year deal the Bruins and Jarome Iginla agreed to for 2013-14 worked so well the Bruins would love to do it again for next season.

Report: Ducks, Sharks not interested in Ryan Miller | ProHockeyTalk
Maybe the Yotes should pick him up...just so he can't beat them...

Ryan Miller And The Myth Of The Savior Goalie -- thehockeywriters.com
The acquisition of Ryan Miller by the Blues is a study in why relying on goaltending to solve a team's problems rarely succeeds.

Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin in Russia lineup for World Championship quarterfinals - NHL.com - News
Guess that knee injury wasn't quite as bad as originally thought.

‘Realistic chance’ Wild will carry three goalies next year | ProHockeyTalk
Muddled in Minnesota.

NHL stats: No matter the method, don’t make snap judgements when evaluating players - SBNation.com
Small samples just aren't that meaningful. Even expert scouts' ratings of recent performance aren't particularly strong indicators of what's to come.

The Final Howl

The Doc Emrick Soundboard Is Here -- Deadspin
Last year we brought you this list of terms NBC hockey announcer Mike "Doc" Emrick used to describe passes in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, and then we set them to music. Now we're putting the power of Doc in your hands, with a clickable soundboard featuring 121 different clips of the legendary broadcaster's verbiage.