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THE DESERT DOG BLOG: DOAN INJURED IN GAME 3 VICTORY

Sunday, 04.18.2010 / 11:15 PM / The Desert Dog Blog - by Dave Vest
By Dave Vest
DETROIT – The Coyotes won Game 3 vs. Detroit on Sunday, but they lost captain Shane Doan to an undisclosed injury. His status is listed as day-to-day.

Shane Doan
Doan suffered the injury after tripping over Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard and sliding headfirst into the end boards early in the second period. Doan left the game and did not return. (Watch play here.)

Doan did not speak to reporters after the game. Doan, who played in all 82 regular-season games the past two seasons and all but two games in 2007-08, will be re-evaluated on Monday and likely will not practice on Monday.

"We'll see where he is (on Monday)," Tippett said. "But we have a lot of guys who are itching for some extra minutes and we had some guys jump in there and play very well. When you lose one guy, it's an opportunity for another guy. Shane's our leader, but we recognize we have a game to play."

Game 4 is on Tuesday night at Joe Louis Arena.

Doan delivered three hits and won a face-off in his eight shifts before being injured. He left the game with the score tied 1-1. Phoenix won 4-2.

My two cents: Doan, who has a goal and an assist in this series, is an extremely tough player who puts his own well-being second to the team's. In other words, playing hurt is nothing new for him so If there is any way for him to play on Tuesday, he will.


Doan wasn't the only Coyotes forward sidelined by injury on Sunday. Vernon Fiddler did not play because of an upper-body injury he suffered in Game 2 on Friday night.

Robert Lang replaced Fiddler in the lineup and played only 6:58. The game was Lang's first since March 4. He has been nursing a lower-body injury for the past six weeks.

Fiddler said he plans to skate at Monday's practice and hopefully return for Game 4. Watching Game 3 in street clothes, he said, was a drag.

"You play 82 games to get yourself in this situation and it's hard to watch, but at the same time my teammates did a great job of pulling together," Fiddler said. "It doesn't matter, it seems, who's out, everybody always seems to pull together and it just goes to show the team we are." 


• Kudos to the "Czech Line" for the way it played on a day when two of the team's key forwards - Doan and Fiddler - were non-factors. Petr Prucha, Martin Hanzal and Radim Vrbata combined for two goals and four assists and were a combined plus-seven.

Photo by Norm Hall.
• While most of the fans inside Joe Louis Arena were stunned by what happened to their team on Sunday, I'm told Howler and Coyotes fans had a blast watching the game at a viewing party at The Vine Tavern in Tempe.

Fans feasted on... what else... wings.

• Speaking of stunned, I never - EVER - thought I'd witness a playoff game in which Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom was a minus-three. The guy is just that good.

Reach Dave Vest at thedesertdogblog@phoenixcoyotes.com
 
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