Would-be Coyotes owner shows up for Game 4

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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Would-be owner Matthew Hulsizer was on hand to watch the Phoenix Coyotes try to avoid elimination in their first-round playoff series against Detroit, a game that could mark the end of the NHL in the desert if serious roadblocks to the sale aren't resolved.

Hulsizer didn't talk to reporters but his appearance Wednesday night in front of the sold-out crowd solidified earlier reports that he remains seriously interested in buying the team and keeping it in Arizona.

However, a promised lawsuit by the conservative watchdog group Goldwater Institute has held up the city of Glendale's sale of bonds necessary to fill the requirements of the lease agreement reached with Hulsizer.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman told Rogers Sportsnet in Toronto that the league still is "still focused on trying to make it work in Phoenix."