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by Paul on 04/25/12 at 10:52 PM ET
from the CP at The Hockey News,
And now that Doan has tasted playoff success, he wants more.
“Everyone always talks about if you get out of the first round, anything can happen,” Doan said. “Now we’ve got to find a way to win that next round and that’s really our next goal.”
As special as it was for Doan to get to the second round, those around him may have been more excited than he was.
Doan has been the consummate captain for the Coyotes, leading by example—he’s almost always the last player off the ice at practice, even optional skates—and by speaking up when it’s needed, either with words of encouragement or to light a spark under teammates.
Sure, he gets razzed all the time for Yosemite Sam-like bursts of anger—deeply religious, he doesn’t curse—and his aw-shucks nature, but everyone within the franchise respects him, the way he plays the game and the way he lives his life.
So when Doan flashed that face-engulfing smile after the win over the Blackhawks, the joy of accomplishment spread across the team.
“For a guy like Shane Doan to not get past the first round, that tells you how hard it is,” Coyotes goalie Mike Smith said after Game 6.
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