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Friday's Coyotes Tracks - the goals awaken

If you wanted offense, you got it last night. Details in today's edition of the Tracks.

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Coyotes News

Columbus Blue Jackets @ Arizona Coyotes instant recap: Off to a bad start - Five For Howling
Things looked okay for a while but then quickly got out of hand.

‘Yotes Notes: Tikhonov Nets 1st NHL Goal Since '09 - Arizona Coyotes - Features
Tikhonov’s goal, scored at 8:15 of the second period, clearly got lost in the shuffle of the 12 goals scored in the game, but it meant a lot to him.

With Smith hurt, Coyotes ‘willing to pay up an asset’ to get a ‘top-end goaltender’ | ProHockeyTalk
Unless Anders Lindback really turns his game around.

Coyotes give Lessio chance to ignite career with Canadiens - azcentral.com
The Coyotes traded prospect Lucas Lessio earlier in the week, giving the winger a much-needed change of scenery.

News From Around the Hockey World

Sabres vs. Ducks recap: Johnson gets first shutout of the season in 3-0 win - Die By The Blade
Johnson made 44 saves in his fourth career shutout and first as a Sabre.

Nashville Predators 1, St. Louis Blues 2: Tarasenko Sinks Preds Late - On the Forecheck
Preds lost to the Blues again, they just looked a little bit different while doing it.

Dallas Stars Offense Sputters in 3-1 Loss to Calgary Flames - Defending Big D
The power play, once lauded, continues to be a sore spot as the Stars struggle to generate offense.

Quick Bite: San Jose Sharks top Leafs in OT - Fear The Fin
Brent Burns scored the overtime winner against the Maple Leafs in a tight game in Toronto. Pavelski, Thornton, Vlasic, and Nieto all had goals against the Leafs.

The Home Game Awakens - Mile High Hockey
Make it four in a row for the Colorado Avalanche.

Rangers Vs. Wild Recap: Rangers Defeated 5-2 By The Minnesota Wild - Blueshirt Banter
The New York Rangers couldn't build on Tuesday's performance and were defeated 5-2 by the Minnesota Wild.

Video Scary sight: Antti Raanta takes slap shot to mask
Yikes.

Steven Stamkos' big UFA decision: Three reasons to stay, three to leave - CBSSports.com
When it comes to whether or not Steven Stamkos should re-sign with the Lightning or hit unrestricted free agency, there are no easy answers.

Alex Burrows sorry for taunting Patrick O’Sullivan about abusive father | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Sometimes "sorry" isn't good enough.

For two NHL division leaders, the rearview mirror is dark and full of terrors - SBNation.com
Hint: Beware the Central.

Comparing Lander with Letestu - The Copper & Blue
Anton Lander is taking a lot of heat right now for his poor play. But has Mark Letestu been that much better?

Ben Scrivens fights to move up Edmonton's goaltender depth chart | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
"I thought I had a great camp and for a number of different reasons … at the end of the day I didn’t make the team and it is what it is, but to say there was a shock behind it is probably not fair," Scrivens said.

The Final Howl

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