Coyotes Escape From L.A., Russia Conquers the World: Monday's notes

HELSINKI, FINLAND - MAY 20: Alexander Ovechkin of Russia celebrate with team mate Alexander Syomin (R) after winning the gold medal after the IIHF World Championship gold medal match between Russia and Slovakia at Hartwall Arena on May 20, 2012 in Helsinki, Finland. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Yesterday saw two big games on opposite ends of the hockey world. In the Western Conference Finals, the Phoenix Coyotes slowed down the L.A. Kings' rampage for a day, while at the World Championships, Russia captured the gold medal as they look to build momentum ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics, which will be held on their turf frozen tundra.

We've got updates from those games, as well the junior hockey spectacle which is the Memorial Cup...

Nashville Predators News

The nature of Erat’s injury - Predators Insider
Martin Erat's agent says it wasn't really a concussion that the winger suffered over the weekend, just a "stiff neck". Of course, for veteran NHL players, a concussion listed on their injury history is like a car with an accident on its CarFax report, so who knows.

Hockey Season Officially Ends for the Predators | ladypreds
Summing up the various Preds' experience over at the World Championships.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

WCF: Phoenix Coyotes @ Los Angeles Kings Game 4 Recap: Captain Coyote To The Rescue - Five For Howling
Shane Doan led the way for the Coyotes to return to Phoenix for a Game Five.

Russia dominates Slovakia to win 2012 IIHF gold; 2014 Sochi groups announced | Puck Daddy
Team USA will get lumped in with both Russia and Slovakia in the upcoming Winter Olympics. The Czech Republic took the bronze medal, making Erat the only Preds medalist this time around.

2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup: Shawinigan Cataractes pull away late, beat London Knights; post-game questions - Buzzing The Net
The round-robin portion of the Memorial Cup continues, as Austin Watson's gang takes a beating.

Roy should weigh pros and cons of becoming Habs coach - The Globe and Mail
After having kicked the tires on NHL head coaching, Dale Hunter offers some advice for Patrick Roy.

NHL Adjusted Plus-Minus Part 4, Even Strength Overall - Arctic Ice Hockey
Advanced wonkery which bodes well for Ryan Suter.

IIHF president content to wait for NHL to make a decision on Sochi - The Globe and Mail
Heck, we're just hoping for NHL games this fall, let alone seeing NHL players in 2014 in Russia.

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