Coyotes captain Shane Doan
had a successful weekend in Montréal displaying his skills to an audience that doesn’t get to see the team regularly on national television.
Doan’s weekend started strong when he won the inaugural NHL Elimination Shootout during the SuperSkills Competition on Saturday.
Phoenix’s leading scorer beat out 35 other NHL All-Stars, including points leader Evgeni Malkin and goal-scoring leader Alex Ovechkin. Doan made five of his seven penalty shots to defeat Boston’s Marc Savard in the finals to claim the title.
|Coyotes captain Shane Doan signs an autograph during the NHL All-Star festivities in Montreal. (Getty Images). |
"I'm sure (Coyotes Head Coach Wayne Gretzky) is probably the most surprised guy in the league right now,” Doan told the Canadian Press with a smile after the victory.
Doan isn’t known as a penalty-shot specialist. He’s just 4 for 11 in shootout attempts in his career.
That victory was just the start of a memorable weekend for Doan, who also was invited to the 2004 NHL All-Star Game.
In Sunday’s showcase, Doan scored a goal and added an assist for the Western Conference All-Stars as they fell 12-11 to the Eastern Conference in a shootout.
With the score tied 8-8, Doan scored his goal 32 seconds into the third period by batting a Mike Modano shot out of mid-air past Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas. Doan also fed San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle for his assist in the 57th NHL All-Star Game.
Meanwhile, Coyotes rookie Mikkel Boedker
participated in the NHL YoungStars Game on Saturday night.
In a new rookies vs. sophomores format that saw the teams play three-on-three, Boedker notched three assists in helping the rookies to a 9-5 win over the sophomores.
“It was a great experience,” said Boedker, who has eight goals and 13 points this season. “It was so much fun to play in front of the fans in Montréal. It was amazing to be out there. I had a great time just skating around and being with the other young guys.”