For the third time in recent memory, Coyotes captain Shane Doan
, who plays hockey with an intense passion, once again is facing time away from the game he loves and time away from the team he loves to lead.
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“It’s part of hockey and it’s something I have to deal with and I will be ready to go when I come back,” Doan told me on Saturday when I asked him about the lower-body injury he suffered in Friday’s game in Dallas. “I hope to be back sooner than later… We’re getting on it in a hurry here and we’ll get it going, and I’ll be back quickly.”
Doan is considered week-to-week. He will not travel with the team to Detroit and Chicago for games this week.
Still competing hard late in a 6-3 game, Doan fell awkwardly to the ice after getting tangled with Dallas’ Nicklas Grossman along the boards on Friday night. Something “tweaked,” he said.
Ironically, Doan suffered the injury not long after he scored his first goal of the season – a nice deflection of a Keith Yandle
slap shot past Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen.
Doan, of course, missed three games earlier this season because of a suspension handed down by the NHL for a hit he delivered on Anaheim’s Dan Sexton on Oct. 17, and he missed the last four games of the playoff series vs. Detroit last season after separating a shoulder in Game 3. If you do the math, Doan has played just nine of Phoenix’s last 17 games.
“It’s disappointing,” Doan said. “This is not how I planned the start of my year to go. I don’t like missing hockey games. I can’t wait to come back, contribute and help out.”
Wojtek Wolski notched his first goal of the season and added a slick assist in Saturday’s game vs. Pittsburgh and was named the game’s No. 1 star.
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After the game, Wolski spoke candidly about not scoring a goal in his first 10 games and twice being a healthy scratch.
“(I was) fed up, embarrassed,” Wolski said. “It just got to a point where I watched enough games and I watched No. 86 on the ice and I think, 'Who is that guy and why's he out there?’” Wolski said.
Wolski also said that he had trouble sleeping and eating during the goal-scoring drought. With the monkey off his back, Wolski is committed to scoring more goals and knows where he has to be on the ice to score them.
“I think 78 percent of goals are (scored from) within 10 feet of the net,” Wolski said. “... So I think if you stay around the net, put pucks on the net, good things are going to happen.”
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I’m a day early on this one, but I’d like to congratulate Coyotes Equipment Manager Tony Silva on reaching a significant milestone in his career.
Silva, who has been with the Coyotes for 13 seasons, will work his 1,000 professional hockey game on Monday when the Coyotes play the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena.
Tony works extremely hard behind the scenes and is a valued member of the organization. Congratulations Tony!
• A quick FYI: Monday's game between the Coyotes and Red Wings will be heard on KFNN-AM (1510) and not XTRA Sports 910 (AM).
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