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Sunday's Coyotes Tracks - homegrown hockey

Should Oliver Ekman-Larsson be getting some Norris love? And does USA Hockey need Arizona? Answers to these questions and more in today's Tracks.

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Coyotes News

Arizona is key for the growth of U.S. hockey - Five For Howling
There a few reasons why the U.S. continually falls short to Canada, and the biggest issue—and perhaps the solution—lies in Arizona.

Arizona Coyotes Norris Trophy Candidate: Oliver Ekman-Larsson - Howlin' Hockey
Oliver Ekman-Larsson should be considered for the Norris Trophy. He has tied the franchise record for goals as a D-man, and led the team well all season.

What to do with Dwane Casey? | Sault Star
Also of interest: Steve Simmons believes the Coyotes will pass on Hanifin in favor of Strome.

Pirates News

Pirates on the brink of elimination - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram
Portland faces a must-win game Sunday after losing 6-2 to Manchester.

Fans Suffer as Hockey Teams Leave Their Hotbeds for Warmer Climes -
With the formation of the American Hockey League’s Pacific Division, three Northeast teams were leaving for California.

Stanley Cup Playoffs

Blackhawks vs. Predators Game 6 results: Chicago advances to second round with 4-3 win - Second City Hockey
The Blackhawks have advanced to the second round of the playoffs after beating the Predators in Game 6 on Saturday night.

2015 NHL Playoffs Game 5 recap: 4-0 loss takes Lightning to the brink of elimination - Raw Charge
Failing to build on any momentum generated by their stunning comeback in Game 4, the Tampa Bay Lightning turn in their poorest effort so far in this series, losing 4-0 at home and heading back to Detroit down 3-2 and facing elimination.

A "This Is The End" Game Recap ( 7-4 L ) - Nucks Misconduct
What a game. The Flames came back once again, and after an early 3-0 deficit, beat the Canucks for the series win.

Don't Confuse a Great Win with Great Play - Hockey Wilderness
Devan Dubnyk stole a win for the Wild, but they're going to have to play better than they did last night to advance.

Capitals vs Islanders Recap: One Goal Isn't Enough, Caps Lose - Japers' Rink
John Tavares and Nikolay Kulemin ensure that the Isles' will have one more chance to keep the lights on in Nassau Coliseum.

News From Around the Hockey World

Flyers coaching search: Dallas Eakins on Flyers' radar, per report - Broad Street Hockey
The former Edmonton boss had a very rough year and a half with the Oilers, but it sounds like the Flyers are considering him for their vacant coaching position.

Hall caught off guard by Oilers’ front office shuffle | ProHockeyTalk
"Thought it was a typo."

A letter from Flames fans on respect and the Red Mile - Matchsticks and Gasoline
Enthusiasm for the team can exist separately from harassment.

Gary Bettman has a Katy Perry problem | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
The NHL's commissioner may have stepped in a bit of a mess in his response to this one.

Opportunity Awaits - PensBurgh
Losing in the first round is an opportunity to re-direct the course of the franchise while Crosby and Malkin can still be productive in Pittsburgh.

Report: Malkin invited to Worlds | ProHockeyTalk
He helped Russia win gold last year.

Panthers' Jaromir Jagr to suit up for Czechs at Worlds - Litter Box Cats
His first international appearance? 1990.

Canada falls to USA in world under-18 semifinals -
Auston Matthews went off on the Canadians, and he will play for the gold medal on Sunday.

The Final Howl

Every Bob Miller Troll from 2014-15 - Jewels From The Crown