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coyotes hire rick tocchet as head coach


phoenix (ap) — the arizona coyotes have hired rick tocchet as head coach, turning the team over to a man who helped the pittsburgh penguins win the past two stanley cup titles.the 53-year-old tocchet, who spent the past three seasons as a pittsburgh assistant, played 18 seasons in the nhl and helped the penguins win the stanley cup in 1992.tocchet spent one season as an assistant to coyotes coach wayne gretzky in 2005-06 and played parts of three seasons with the team from 1997 to 2000.tocchet’s controversial departure from his coyotes coaching job did not figure into the decision to hire him, general manager john chayka said.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.“rick was the best candidate by a wide margin,” chayka said.tocchet was on a leave of absence from his coyot






former gophers star kessel still seeking first stanley cup finals goal


cranberry township, pa. – phil kessel is pressing.but unlike in the eastern conference final — when cameras caught kessel and linemate evgeni malkin having more than a few tantrums aimed at the other — he has yet to boil over. the pittsburgh penguins and former university of minnesota sniper has been without a goal during a stanley cup final that’s suddenly tied 2-2, with game 5 against nashville on thursday.kessel, who has seven goals and 20 points in 22 playoff games, said wednesday he just needs to make his chances count. he has been limited to one assist and nine shots in four games in this series, a series in which the penguins are 1-for-16 on the power play.in the past nine games, kessel has one goal. he has two in the past 13 games.what does malkin expect from kessel in game 5?“he s