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Thursday's Coyotes Tracks - Jack Adams Award

This year's Jack Adams Finalists were announced, and the Capitals and Lightning are just one win away from advancing to the next round.

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Coyotes News

Arizona Coyotes: 2014-2015 Season Player Reviews-Forwards - Howlin Hockey
Arizona Coyotes 2014-2015 season player reviews for forwards. This is my take on how well each individual player on the forward line did this past season.

Pirates News

Pirates close out Coyotes’ affiliation on a positive – Maine Hockey Journal
After this season the Coyotes will no longer be affiliated with the Portland Pirates.

Stanley Cup Playoffs

The NHL's clutch players: We place too much importance on the playoffs -
Most players show no significant change in their postseason production compared to their regular season production. And that includes Chicago Blackhawks superstars Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews. They don't score because they are clutch. They score because they are great.

Video: Burakovsky’s first playoff goal is big for Washington | ProHockeyTalk
Was that "boy strength" or "man strength?"

Lack of a Gamebreaker Fatal Flaw for Minnesota Wild - Hockey Wilderness
The Minnesota Wild are down 3-0 because of their biggest weakness: A lack of a star player.

Video: Derick Brassard Chips One Past Braden Holtby - Blueshirt Banter
Derick Brassard gives the Rangers a 1-0 lead.

Recap: Burakovsky Shines, Holtby Impenetrable as Caps Win, 2-1, to Take 3-1 Lead in Series - Japers' Rink
Game 4 was an opportunity for the Washington Capitals to take a stranglehold on their Eastern Conference semifinal series against the New York Rangers. They did just that with a thrilling 2-1 win over the Rangers to take a 3-1 lead in games.

Canadiens vs Lightning Game Three Top Six Minutes: Heartbreaker - Eyes On The Prize
How do the Habs come back from this one?

Watch Tyler Johnson's buzzer beater give Lightning Game 3 win over Canadiens - Raw Charge
3-0 series lead, thanks to Tyler Johnson. Or should we say Tyler CONNson?

News From Around the Hockey World

The Trade: Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli in Hindsight - On the Forecheck
Looking back on a trade with so much potential that didn't pan out the way anyone hoped.

Capitals' Mike Green leads NHL's free agent targets - USA Today
Who might the Coyotes be interested in?

Scottsdale's Auston Matthews continues to impress hockey world -
Scottsdale native Auston Matthews's 2014-15 season included winning a gold medal and breaking a scoring record with the U.S. National Team Development Program.

How will Gary Bettman respond on concussion lawsuit questioning? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Rick Westhead of TSN reported on Monday that the judge in the concussion lawsuit brought by former NHL players has ordered Bettman to testify in the hearing.

Bob Hartley, Peter Laviolette, Alain Vigneault voted finalists for Jack Adams Award | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
Bob Hartley of the Calgary Flames, Peter Laviolette of the Nashville Predators and Alain Vigneault of the New York Rangers are the finalists for the 2014-15 Jack Adams Award to the head coach who "contributed the most to his team's success," as voted by the NHL Broadcasters' Association.

Nashville Predators re-sign Marek Mazanec to one-year, two-way contract - On the Forecheck
Nashville has re-signed one of their two RFA minor league goaltenders.

Besides Babcock, who would you want to coach the Oilers? - The Copper & Blue
Seven coaches who could be the next coach of the Oilers and John Tortorella. Number 5 is just preposterous!

Canada fights back to beat Sweden at worlds | ProHockeyTalk
Sweden led 3-0 at one point.

Columbus’ Bjorkstrand named WHL Player of the Year | ProHockeyTalk
Scored 63 goals and 118 points this year for Portland.

Lightning prospect DeAngelo named OHL’s best d-man | ProHockeyTalk
Had 89 points in 55 games.

Things are going really, super well for Thomas Vanek | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
We begin with the caveat that needs to be given whenever we discuss a standout offensive player struggling in the postseason: The Minnesota Wild’s probable sweep at the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks is not Thomas Vanek’s fault.

The Final Howl

WATCH: Carey Price doesn't seem bothered by this dancing astronaut -