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Doan conducts closed-door meeting after fifth straight loss

Mar 22, 2013, 8:03 AM EDT

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When the Phoenix Coyotes set a new franchise “record” with three straight shutout losses, captain Shane Doan tried to be diplomatic about it.

After ending that goalless slump but losing two more games, Doan took matters into his own hands.

“We haven’t lost five games in a row here in the last four years. It’s unacceptable,” Doan told Fox Sports Arizona’s Todd Walsh after holding a closed-door meeting. “It’s unacceptable to each individual guy.”

The Phoenix Coyotes have players that stand out from the crowd, but they arguably don’t have team-defining superstars in the same way that a squad like the Pittsburgh Penguins do. Which Doan would probably say is fine because their strength lies elsewhere.

“There isn’t one person on our team that isn’t so vitally important for us to be successful,” Doan said, echoing what he likely told his teammates in the meeting. “I don’t care what line you’re on. I don’t care what defensive pairings you are.

“In order for us to have any type of success, individually we have to be good and individually we have an element we can pick up in every single guy.

“Every single guy can be better at some point. The only way this works here is because as a whole we’ve been good. Individually we have to be better, and that’s all that matters. To a man, we’re accountable and it’s not working. We’re not good enough right now.”

Doan feels that his teammates are doing and saying the “right things” in the third period, but they haven’t been doing it enough early in contests. The Coyotes have surrendered the first goal 21 times in 31 games this season. The first peiod has also been by far the Coyotes’ worst in terms of scoring goals.

The Coyotes have three off-days before they play the Detroit Red Wings on Monday. They’re currently in a three-way tie for 10th place with 30 points in 31 games.

  1. modellforprez - Mar 22, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    hey you had good opps. you turned them down cause you wanted to be King Cactus suck it up shane… there is no crying in pucks n sticks

  2. f2maestro - Mar 22, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    You should have got out while you could.

    Shane, you made your bed, now it’s time to lay in it.

  3. xflyersx - Mar 22, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    I can’t believe Doan was never a trade deadline deal to a team with a legitimate shot to win a Cup. Don’t understand how he’s stayed put in PHO all these years.

    • valoisvipers - Mar 22, 2013 at 9:50 AM

      Because he cares, he wants to win in Glendale. He is a loyal,straight up hard working guy and wants his team mates to be the same. The other night when they lost 3-2 after 3 straight shut outs, it was Doan that scored their 2 goals and for the night had 11 shots and 12 hits. If his team mates cared the way Doan cares, The Yotes would be a legit contender with out having any super stars.

      • xflyersx - Mar 22, 2013 at 10:12 AM

        Thanks for the explanation

  4. canucks30 - Mar 22, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    They play hockey in Phoenix?

    Doan should have signed with the Canucks when he had the chance

    • yotesfan61 - Mar 22, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      That team kept the game close last night and beat them in Vancouver in February….

      P.S. Were your boys shooting under par when the Yotes were in the WCF last year? Hope you guys dont make another playoff run and lose again. That poor city might burn down….

  5. canucks30 - Mar 22, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    All kidding aside I have a tremendous amount of respect for Shane Doan and the job the Coyotes have done the last 3 years without an owner. I just wish this was resolved one way or another with either the Coyotes staying long-term with a committed ownership group or relocated to another market like Seattle or Quebec City. Enough is enough.

  6. proudliberal85392 - Mar 22, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    yotesfan61: Perfect! Nothing for me to add.

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