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Monday's Coyotes Tracks - war of the beards

Joe Thornton and David Backes engaged in a tug-of-war fit for the NHL playoffs. Details in today's edition of the Tracks.

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Coyotes News

Whyte Enjoys Coaching, Growing Youth Hockey - Arizona Coyotes - Features
When Whyte arrived at the DYHA program eight years ago, the organization was on a downward trend. He has seen that turned around since getting involved in the youth program, though – and he has done so by focusing on making the program a place players are proud to play.

Stanley Cup Playoffs News

Sharks vs. Blues Game 1: Sharks drop series opener in St. Louis - Fear The Fin
San Jose tied the game once but couldn't get a second equalizer.

Video: Martin Jones is gonna want this Jori Lehtera goal back – ProHockeyTalk

David Backes tugs on Joe Thornton's massive beard (Video) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
It didn’t appear that either side won in this beard battle and eventually they let go.

A puck disappeared into Joe Thornton's pants and never escaped -
It never escaped.

Conn Smythe Power Rankings: Hedman, Couture among leaders -
With the Stanley Cup Playoff officially at its halfway point, we take our first look at the power rankings for who will win the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Ben Bishop suffering an injury late in a hockey year is not new - Raw Charge
Statistically impressive, the goalie's been both felled by and worked through injuries twice before.

News From Around the Hockey World

Korbinian Holzer with the goal that shocked Team USA - Pension Plan Puppets
He shocked everyone else too, likely himself even, but he scored the game winner in Germany's 3-2 regulation win over the USA at the World Championships.

Tyler Seguin ‘never felt anything’ like the calf injury he suffered in the playoffs – ProHockeyTalk
An unfortunate end to his season.

Let's Guess How Much Will Kyle Palmieri Get Paid this Summer - All About The Jersey
Among all of the RFAs to sign, the biggest one for the New Jersey Devils is Kyle Palmieri. After a great 2015-16 season, it is expected he will re-sign with a big contract.

Mike Babcock talks Mitch Marner, Auston Matthews, Morgan Rielly, more with Darren Dreger - Pension Plan Puppets
Mike Babcock joined Darren Dreger at the World Championships in Russia to talk about the Toronto Maple Leafs' future.

The Final Howl

Jo Paw-velski finds a new home - Fear The Fin