PHILADELPHIA - FEBRUARY 22: Shane Doan #19 of the Phoenix Coyotes looks on against the Philadelphia Flyers on February 22 2011 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Tonight marks Doan's 1,098th game with the franchise which ties him for the all-time games-played record. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
The Phoenix Coyotes shutout the Nashville Predators 2-0 last night to clinch a spot in the Western Conference Finals against the LA Kings. While they were winning, Gary Bettman announced that former San Jose Sharks CEO Greg Jamison has been approved as a prospective owner for the club. The NHL and the city of Glendale will still have to work out a "management fee", but at it looks like the Goldwater Institute will need to find a new sticking point if they're going to try and block the sale. Travis Hair has a good writeup of the issue here.
Meanwhile in New York, the Caps lose a heart breaker 3-2 in overtime as Joel Ward took a double minor for high sticking with 22 seconds left to play. I'm extremely confused, as I thought NHL referees were under strict guidelines to be "blocked out of the play" when something like that happens. Rangers take a 3-2 series lead, as the Caps play Wednesday to stave off elimination.
The Flyers take on the Devils tonight at 7:30. Your links after the jump.
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The NHL has found a willing owner. Now, to face the city of Glendale. Via Puck Daddy.
Mirtle looks at how the Rangers defenceman goes from LTIR to OTGW.
A one game suspension for his hit to the head of Zubrus.
Burnside with an interesting piece on Mike Knuble, who Brett Lebdad his way to two Stanley Cup rings.
Gillis gets an extension over in Vancouver. Vigneault will probably be next.
As the NHL keeps poking the empty arena to see if it's alive.