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Doan, Coyotes feeling frustrated after lacklustre loss to last-place Sabres

Friday, 01.31.2014 / 1:25 PM / News

The Canadian Press

GLENDALE, Ariz. - The Phoenix Coyotes' latest loss left captain Shane Doan red-faced with anger.

Playing what had been deemed a must-win game, the Coyotes blew a 2-1 lead and lost to the last-place Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night.

After the game, Doan was clearly agitated, calling the team's effort "embarrassing."

Phoenix got off to the second-best start in franchise history, but has struggled lately, falling to ninth in the Western Conference.

The loss to Buffalo was even more aggravating because it came two days after the Coyotes played perhaps their best game of the season, a 3-0 win over the Los Angeles Kings.

Phoenix has three games left before the Olympic break, all against teams still in the West playoff race: against Chicago and two against Dallas.

Once again, it shows character in this dressing room. Once again, there's no quitting in here. We all wanted this so bad and we worked so hard to get home-ice advantage and we weren't going to let this one slide.

— Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog on his team's OT Game 1 win vs. Minnesota Wild