GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Shane Doan would garner a lot of votes if the league's players were ever asked to crown the NHL's best captain. But how do you measure such an honor? Maybe the answer is found in Doan's deep bag of leadership tricks.
Faced with the challenge of prodding gentle, humble, deferential Mikkel Boedker to greater heights, Doan took an unorthodox path to persuasion.
"I teased him that I'd slash him if he passed me the puck," Doan said. "He's so good with it that I wanted him to hold onto it and I meant it. He's the best player on the ice when he has the puck."
Faced with a four-game pointless streak, Boedker took that message to heart Tuesday against the Los Angeles Kings. The 23-year-old Dane scored the Coyotes' first and third goals in a critical 5-2 win that pushed Phoenix into sixth place in the ever-changing Western Conference standings.
The two-goal game was the third of Boedker's career and highlighted that ability Doan mentioned.
"I thought he created a lot o...