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Wednesday's Coyotes Tracks - Team USA Wins, Montreal Is Out

It was a slow news day for the Arizona Coyotes, but lots of things happened around the hockey world.

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Stanley Cup Playoffs

Blackhawks Michal Rozsival to miss 12-16 weeks after successful ankle surgery - Second City Hockey
Chicago defenseman has successful surgery.

Why Jon Cooper has been hesitant to use Jonathan Drouin in playoffs | theScore
It’s simply a matter of strength, development and his playing style versus the style played in the NHL playoffs.

2015 NHL Playoffs Game 13 recap: Bolts finish off Habs with 4-1 win in Game 6 - Raw Charge
The Tampa Bay Lightning closed out their 2015 NHL Playoffs series with the Montreal Canadiens with a 4-1 win in Game 6. They'll advance to the Eastern Conference Finals for the third time in franchise history.

Therrien disappointed Habs were ‘physically and mentally’ drained in Game 6 | ProHockeyTalk
He also thinks Montreal is still a transitional team, but Subban disagrees.

Brad Treliving’s Press Conference: Realistic yet Hopeful - Matchsticks and Gasoline
What did the rookie GM and former Coyotes Assistant GM say in his final press conference of the season? Good things. Lots and lots of good things.

Alex Ovechkin doesn’t back down from post-game comments - The Washington Post
"I don’t care what anybody thinks, to be honest with you," Ovechkin said. "I only care what we think here in the group and as a team. You guys can think whatever you want."

With another Game 7 approaching, do any Washington Capitals have ‘It’? - The Washington Post
Paul Pierce started this. Blame him.

News From Around the Hockey World

Wild netminder Josh Harding expected to retire | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
It’s not the way it should end, but it looks like the hockey career of Josh Harding is over.

Leo Komarov ejected in final round robin game - Pension Plan Puppets
This is not a penalty.

Autopsy reveals Steve Montador had CTE | Chicago Sun-Times
An autopsy of Steve Montador's brain shows the former NHL defenseman had degenerative brain disease.

Brady Tkachuk Commits to Boston University - SB Nation College Hockey
Boston University adds a talented forward with a famous father.

Kopitar’s dad resigns as Slovenian head coach after relegation at Worlds | ProHockeyTalk
He led the national team for five seasons.

Martin Brodeur likely to remain with Blues after Devils’ GM change | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Marty may be a Devil, but Lamoriello is no longer the general manager. And with no relationship with new GM Ray Shero, it sounds like Brodeur, 43, will have the Blues for the next few years.

Toronto Maple Leafs Need Dylan Strome At Fourth Overall - The Hockey Writers
The Coyotes dropping to 3rd overall is making things uncertain for the teams picking after them.

Why was the Art Ross Won with So Few Points this Season? - The Hockey Writers
Jamie Benn won the Art Ross with a total of 87 points. Past Art Ross winners have had seasons of 100 points or more. What factors went into this low season?

Eichel, Team USA Survive Slovakia to Win Group at Worlds - The Hockey Writers
Jack Eichel's overtime goal helps Team USA earn a 5-4 overtime victory against Slovakia in the final game of the 2015 IIHF World Hockey Championships.

Where in the World Is Mike Babcock? - Winging It In Motown
The Babcock Sweepstakes is alive and well, but where has Mike been?

2015 Season Review: Mike Richards - Jewels From The Crown
On struggles, demotions, buyouts, and overall decline.

McDavid wins OHL Player of the Year, sixth-youngest in league history | ProHockeyTalk
"Obviously, it's amazing. It's such a special honor."

The Final Howl

The Storied Tradition of Capitals Collapses - Grantland
The Washington Capitals have a storied history of collapsing in the playoffs.