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Tuesday's Coyotes Tracks - Pittsburgh Penguins Strike First

The Penguins win Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, it looks like the NHL won't be with the Olympics, and a former Blackhawks player has passed away.

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Coyotes News

Arizona Coyotes need to acquire Tyson Barrie or Kevin Shattenkirk -
It's common knowledge that the Coyotes need a quality right-hand shooting defenseman to pair up with Oliver Ekman-Larsson.

Playoff News

Game 1 Penguins vs. Sharks final score: Bonino's late goal pushes Pens to win - PensBurgh
The Pittsburgh Penguins jump to a 2-0 lead but give it back for a 2-2 tie until Nick Bonino scores a goal late in the 3rd period to give Game 1 to the home team.

Should Patrick Marleau be suspended for Bryan Rust hit? | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: Then early in the third period Marleau hit Pittsburgh’s Bryan Rust with a shoulder near Rust’s head.

Pens Set Free, Letang Delivers - PensBurgh
An aggressive attack from Kris Letang and Nick Bonino gave the Penguins the win in the first game of the Stanley Cup Final.

Phil Kessel, Pittsburgh Penguins comedy legend | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: According to Pittsburgh Penguins teammate Patric Hornqvist. "He’s always in such a good mood. He always has a smile on his face. Just a great guy. And then on the ice, he can shoot the puck like no one else."

News From Around the Hockey World

Report: Blues To Retain Ken Hitchcock; Tweet: Andy McDonald Disapproves - St. Louis Game Time
Hitch is being rewarded for the Blues' trip to the Western Conference Finals.

Rent-A-Stempniak: How another pending free agent helped the Bruins - Stanley Cup of Chowder
A quietly consistent player, Stempniak was brought in to do more than add veteran experience. He was tasked with stabilizing the Bruins' depth. How did he fare?

After Trying Season, Ryan Strome's Determination Survived - Lighthouse Hockey
Ask out after some more scratches at age 22? Not Ryan Strome. Not his style.

Flames’ Jokipakka (hip) might not play for Finns at World Cup – ProHockeyTalk
Team president Brian Burke said the d-man isn't "100 percent" available for selection.

Former Blackhawk Tom Lysiak dies of Leukemia at 63 - Second City Hockey
Lysiak led Chicago in scoring during the 1980-81 season.

Salary Cap, Salary Floor, Team Payroll - How Do the Hurricanes Build a Playoff Team. - Canes Country
No matter what path the team follows, there's a lot of money and a lot of paths to the same goal. The Hurricanes are hungry for a consistently competitive playoff team.

Bettman: The ‘word’ on expansion should come June 22 – ProHockeyTalk
The commissioner laid out the possible expansion scenarios today in Pittsburgh.

Brouwer mulling signing with Canucks in free agency – ProHockeyTalk
"I have thought about it, for sure."

NHL offers pessimism on Olympics, intrigue on expansion rules | Puck Daddy - Yahoo Sports
From Yahoo Sports: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman offered pessimism on Olympic participation, optimism about the coach’s challenge and some frustrating vagueness on the League’s potential expansion before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final in Pittsburgh.

After a long season, it's Mitch Marner's cheat day - Pension Plan Puppets
Marner has played more this year than most hockey players. He's earned his burger.

Bettman: No Process in Place to Sell Pens - PensBurgh
National Hockey League (NHL) Commissioner Gary Bettman made a surprise statement regarding the current status of the Penguins ownership group selling the team.

Alex Semin Re-Signs With Metallurg Magnitogorsk, Will Stay in Russia For Another Year
After he was put on waivers by the Montreal Canadiens in December, former Capitals forward Alex Semin flew home to Russia and completed the 2015-16 season with Metallurg Magnitogorsk.

The Final Howl

Pits, ranked - Battle of California
An inexhaustive hierarch of pits.