GLENDALE, Ariz. Shane Doan skated to the bench with a grim smile creasing his face. The clock was running out, and so was his strength.
The Coyotes captain appeared destined for an individual NHL record that nobody wants the most career two-goal games without a hat trick.
He had tried everything from voodoo to prayers to break the streak. He had even altered the bizarre, curved tape knob at the end of his stick the one Ray Whitney referred to as an "axe handle."
Now, the fans at Jobing.com Arena were chanting his name. Coach Dave Tippett kept sending him back on the ice, where he logged 8 minutes and 51 seconds in the third period alone. And his teammates kept feeding him the puck. But Doan couldn't convert for that elusive third goal.
"It was getting embarrassing," he said.
In an ending befitting the nicest guy ever to lace up skates, Doan got one last crack off a cross-ice pass from Whitney. With one-tenth of a second left, he put every last ounce of his strength into a l...