Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan may have taken a while to get things going this season, but he came through for the team in a big way on Monday night, scoring two goals to lead his team past the Colorado Avalanche. Doan’s second goal came in the final minute of overtime and clinched the much-needed extra point in the standings for the Coyotes.
Doan entered Monday night’s game with just four points (two goals, two assists) on the season in twelve games. He almost doubled his production for the season against the Avalanche as he also assisted on Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s third period game-tying goal. A three-point night from their captain was a welcome sign for a Coyotes team that beat the San Jose Sharks on Saturday by a 1-0 score. The Sharks and Coyotes both failed to score through three periods of regulation and the five minutes of overtime, and the Coyotes proved better in the shootout. Phoenix has now won four of their last five games and sit third in the Pacific Division but are gaining on the slumping Sharks.
Mike Smith got the win in net Monday, and the Coyotes successfully stopped all four Colorado power plays. Ekman-Larsson continues to make a name for himself as one of the best young defenseman in the game as his goal against the Avalanche was his third of the season. Now that the Coyotes are getting scoring from Doan to add to Smith’s solid play in net and a stingy defense, they seem to have everything coming together at the quarter mark of the 2013 season.
Doan scored 22 goals and reached 50 points for the Coyotes last season, and has been one of the Coyotes’ top three scorers in every season dating back to 1999-00. Valued for his leadership and toughness, Doan’s scoring is also important to the success of this team.