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Phoenix captain Shane Doan scratched for Game 7

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Phoenix captain Shane Doan scratched for Game 7
The Phoenix Coyotes are going to have to win Game 7 against Detroit without their captain.

Shane Doan was a scratch for Tuesday night's decisive game in the Western Conference Quarterfinal series between the Coyotes and the Red Wings. He hasn't played since going out with an upper-body injury in the Coyotes' Game 3 win at Detroit on April 18.

There had been hope that Doan might play -- he had practiced for the last few days, though he didn't skate Tuesday morning.

"I noticed a big change (Monday)," coach Dave Tippett said. "He was able to practice and compete and do some one-on-one stuff. We'll see. It's going in the right direction."

However, it didn't get there fast enough. Doan did not take part in the pre-game warmups.

Phoenix dropped Games 4 and 5 without Doan in the lineup, but bounced back in impressive fashion with a 5-2 win at Detroit in Game 6 to push the series to the limit.







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For our team, as a group, we've never been this far before, and so it's just more lessons learned, and sometimes you have to go to the school of hard knocks to find out what works and what doesn't. We've got a young group. They've played some unreal hockey here to get us this far, and we showed if we're not going to play the proper way, a really, really good hockey team is going to beat you, and that's what they did. It's a lesson learned.

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