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Shane Doan wouldn’t let the Coyotes get swept

May 20, 2012, 7:15 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 20: Shane Doan #19, Derek Morris #53 and Michal Rozsival #32 of the Phoenix Coyotes celebrate Doan's second period goal while taking on the Los Angeles Kings in Game Four of the Western Conference Final during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Staples Center on May 20, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) Getty Images

Prior to Game 3, Coyotes coach Dave Tippett predicted that Shane Doan would “have his best game of series.” Well, better late than never.

Doan was the only Phoenix Coyotes player who could beat Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick on Sunday. Combine that with a stellar performance from netminder Mike Smith and the Coyotes managed to stave off elimination.

His offensive contributions were key, but Tippett was quick to point out that Doan did more than just score goals in Phoenix’s 2-0 victory. Doan was an inspiration for guys in the dressing room, which is probably no small accomplishment when you’re team is fighting under the weight of a 3-0 series deficit.

“When you can do that behind-the-scenes stuff, bag it up with the on-the-ice stuff, it speaks volumes for who he is,” Tippet said in the post-game press conference. “We don’t have to sit here and talk about Shane Doan. Our players know, the league knows how strong-willed a guy he is. He went into this game thinking, We don’t want to be swept. That was the effort he put forth. Great to see.”

Doan also spoke immediately following the game. You can check out what he had to say below:

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All-in-all, this was a good day for Phoenix, but by itself this victory doesn’t mean a lot. The Los Angeles Kings still have a commanding 3-1 series lead. Doan and the Coyotes still have a lot of work ahead of them if they want to upset the Los Angeles Kings.

  1. namriverrat69 - May 20, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    On a given day a lesser team can beat the much better team. This was Phoenix’s given day. Don’t be expecting another. Kings win in 5.


  2. jimeejohnson - May 20, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    You just jinxed them…DUDE! Hopefully this eclipse will negate your jinx, even though I’m a fan of neither team. I still cannot fathom a desert team like Los Angeles or Phoenix even playing for the Stanley Cup, let alone winning it. It’s gonna be southwest vs. Northeast in the finals either way! Will west be best or will east be a beast?

    • namriverrat69 - May 21, 2012 at 5:10 PM

      DUDE, did you say jinx? I mean JINX? My little statement is going bring the Royalty bad luck. This is 2012 DUDE. Not many people believe in a jinx statement by a fan.

      Now if the whole King’s team had said that then it might be locker room material. I doubt if any locker room will take to heart what little old me said. When I was in Vietnam, there never were jinxes. The thought never arose. It was us vs VC or NVA. It was pay attention and be alert or me and/or my buddies died. Jinx never made it into any equation there, or my life since. Get real. DUDE. Jinx is an old wives tale.

      LONG LIVE THE KINGS!!!!!!!

      • blomfeld - May 22, 2012 at 12:31 AM

        YES, LONG LIVE THE KINGS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

        by the way, it’s Victoria Day here in Canada … so GOD SAVE THE QUEEN too ! … :)

  3. barcthespark - May 20, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    Phoenix is done. Doan has hurt his team more than he has helped them this series.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 20, 2012 at 8:59 PM

      Seriously? He put them on his back tonight, and it’s not like they had a chance of winning this series anyway.

  4. polegojim - May 21, 2012 at 1:15 AM

    It took 3 attempts….but the Coyotes finally put together a full game.

    Credit is due for their game 4… but…

  5. bdavis14 - May 21, 2012 at 4:58 AM

    They can’t beat Quick 4 times in a row it’s just fact. He is too good to get beat like that. This was kind of an ok thing I mean don’t get me wrong it would have been awesome to see them get two sweeps in a row but I’m thinking more real. The kings haven’t been tested as much in these playoffs which can yeah be good not as tired of bodies, but it can also kill you. Not having that diversity and having to battle back can deffenatly hurt you. I think it’s a good thing keeps them in playoff hockey mode with still a little time off of they can close it in 5! I BELIEVE! GO KINGS!

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