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Doan on those picking LA to advance: “Fine by us…the experts have not picked us for a long time”

May 17, 2012, 3:07 PM EDT

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A defiant Shane Doan spoke with Fox Sports Arizona’s Todd Walsh today in advance of Game 3 of the Western Conference finals, asserting that the Coyotes — down 2-0 after a pair of home losses — were far from finished.

“Everyone’s picking LA to go on now with the situation that we’re in. That’s fine by us,” Doan said. “The experts have not picked us for a long time and continue to pick against us.

“The last three years we’ve found ways to prove them wrong — we’ll be worried when they start picking us.”

Walsh followed with this:

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Doan also spoke emotionally about being ejected from Game 2 and having to watch the Coyotes lose 4-0 in front of the Phoenix faithful.

“It was pretty hard, very difficult — one of those things that didn’t seem real,” he explained. “It was so frustrating, but there was nothing to do about it after it happened, just kind of hold onto that and contain it for the next game.”

For the first time in this playoff run, Doan has come under scrutiny. His hit on Trevor Lewis drew negative reviews from a number of pundits and, as the Coyotes’ captain, he’s shouldering the weight of an 0-2 series deficit and a team that lost its composure badly in Game 2.

Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett says Doan needs to rally the troops tonight, and believes he’s up to the task.

“We expect him to be better,” Tippett said of Doan. Tippett later added, “He’s our leader. He wants to come back and have a strong game.

“I expect him to come in and have his best game of series.”

  1. barroomhero80 - May 17, 2012 at 3:10 PM

    Preach all you want , talk is good but when your out on the ice your gonna get killed once again… GO KINGS GO! (keep racking up them penalty minutes yotes)

  2. letsgopreds35 - May 17, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    doan you are wothless. they beat you last game the same as the series will go

  3. barkar942 - May 17, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    Yes, far from over. There are at least two more games to still be played.

    • bigdong28 - May 17, 2012 at 4:22 PM

      It’s a shame Phoenix can’t even hang with this 8th seed that’s looking like the cup favorite. Doan, like the rest of this team of bums, is worthless. They’re gonna need more than this for motivation if they wanna get past Quick. When you watch these games you can tell even Pheonix doesn’t believe they are worthy of being in the western conf. final…it’s funny

  4. yotesfan3 - May 17, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    Doan is the best captain in the NHL. For all the crap he has been through, all the slams and insults he has taken, nobody can do what he does. Even if the coyotes lose the next two, there is nobody i would want more to wear the C then doaner! God bless him and go yotes!

    • blomfeld - May 17, 2012 at 9:56 PM

      And God bless you too Yotesfan3 !

      You’re to be commended friend, for your unwavering support and loyalty towards your team ! … especially given the predicament which you people are now in. No doubt your team will throw everything they have at us advancing Kings and this will likely be a very difficult struggle. But in the end, I’m convinced that your team’s efforts will be in vain and that our Kings will again “carry the day” ! … God willing :)

      ps: a little known fact is that many LA Kings fans are also students of history ! :)

      *** the Kings (Red Coats) advancing against the Coyotes (Frenchmen) ***

  5. comeonnowguys - May 17, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    “The last three years we’ve found ways to prove them wrong”

    Wha? Last three years? You rode a hot goalie through two rounds versus a team with a bad goalie, and another team that imploded due to off-the-ice stuff.

    Your team deserves to be down 2-0 and ultimately swept.

  6. cannonaz - May 17, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    BEAT LA

    YOTES IN 6

  7. fiddytucker - May 17, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    lowest payroll of the remaining playoff teams
    Crap talkers always lurking to take a stab at Coyotes. Internet assassins, your so hardcore.. U so crazy… I so want to be like u guys. Bet u can pee far too.

    • comeonnowguys - May 17, 2012 at 11:40 PM

      Your tears taste like sweep.

  8. spavs412 - May 17, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    I’m all for PHX but I do fear that LA might break my Penguins NHL record of consecutive playoff wins. What was it the second cup we were in a 11 game win streak.. I thought it couldn’t be done again but LA might do it

  9. xaf605 - May 17, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    I agree big dong

  10. proudliberal85392 - May 17, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    This is a long way from being over. GO YOTES!!

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