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Wednesday's Coyotes Tracks - Downed by the Stars

The Arizona Coyotes lost in overtime to the Dallas Stars, Olympics fallout, and looking at inspirational comebacks in the NHL.

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Coyotes News

Arizona Coyotes' Oliver Ekman-Larsson played with 'heavy heart' - AZCentral
Coyotes Oliver Ekman-Larsson didn’t play Tuesday against the Stars and will also miss the team’s final two games as he was granted a leave of absence by the team to return to his native Sweden following his mother’s death.

Arizona Coyotes get another goal from Anthony Duclair, but fall to Dallas Stars in overtime - Five For Howling
Another point for the Duke in an overtime loss

Olympics News

Crosby disappointed in NHL’s Olympic decision | ProHockeyTalk
"I really thought something was going to be able to get worked out."

Ovechkin thinks the NHL’s bluffing about Olympics | ProHockeyTalk
He also says he's going to South Korea regardless.

Hockey Russia VP says Alex Ovechkin will not play for Olympic team without NHL agreement, suggests retiring from NHL - Russian Machine Never Breaks
Over the last year, Alex Ovechkin has repeated over and over his stance on the 2018 Winter Olympics: I’m playing for Team Russia and I don’t care what the NHL decides.

Timeline to the demise of NHL participation in the Olympics - Yahoo Sports
Like the captain of the Titanic, we should have seen this iceberg coming.

Is the NHL – 2018 Olympics discussion over? Depends on who you ask | ProHockeyTalk
Gary Bettman says owners have "had enough."

News From Around the Hockey World

Islanders 2, Predators 1 (OT): Livin’ on a prayer - Lighthouse Hockey
With two points a must, winger-for-a-day Thomas Hickey scored the overtime winner to keep the Islanders’ playoff hopes alive.

Sens Top Wings 2-0 in Emotional Game - Silver Seven
The Sens prevailed in an emotional return for Clarke MacArthur and in spite of an apparent injury to Karlsson

Vintage Matt Duchene leads Avalanche to 4-3 OT win over Blackhawks - Mile High Hockey
This is the kind of game that gives you hope.

Ducks vs Flames RECAP: Chaos - Anaheim Calling
Fan Appreciation Night turns into UFC fight night

Bryan Bickell plays first NHL game since multiple sclerosis diagnosis - Yahoo Sports
Carolina Hurricanes forward Bryan Bickell said he felt "OK" physically Tuesday in his first NHL game since last fall before it was announced he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

In the Tank - Nucks lose 3-1 to Sharks - Nucks Misconduct
Please stand, those who could have imagined that the Sharks would win the season series with the Canucks. Fine. Everybody sit down and spend a minute or less on this recap.

Los Angeles Kings 6, Edmonton Oilers 4 - The Copper & Blue
Oilers 2-0 lead comes crumbling down in the second period

Recap: Them's The Breaks - The Cannon
Despite being on the wrong side of a 4-1 score last night, the Blue Jackets played well.

Final Howl

Bickell, Lemieux & other inspirational comebacks in NHL history - Yahoo Sports
Carolina Hurricanes forward Bryan Bickell will make his return to the NHL Tuesday night, nearly five months after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.