Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 5/20/12

DALLAS - JANUARY 31: Shane Doan #19 of the Phoenix Coyotes celebrates his goal against the Dallas Stars in the third period at American Airlines Center on January 31, 2010 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES -- Shane Doan was livid. The cameras and tape recorders were off, but the Phoenix Coyotes captain lingered in the locker room after Game 3 of the Western Conference final, venting his displeasure to a reporter while sitting in another players stall. It wasnt just the loss and the 3-0 series hole that had Doan annoyed. The Game 3 officiating was playing a starring role in his unbalanced psyche. He needed an attitude adjustment. I might have been caught up a little bit in being overly physical in the other games. I had opportunities to play with the puck and make plays and take the puck to the net in the last couple games and didnt do it as well, Doan said before cracking a sheepish smile. It was brought to my attention by some people that are going to help you out with that." With those gentle reminders in his ear, Doan used the two days off in Los Angeles to regroup, refocus and remember that he is the captain of this team -- the one who sets the tone. On Sunday at Staples Center, he delivered, scoring both goals in a 2-0 win over the Kings that allowed the Coyotes to stave off elimination and force Game 5. He was such a great leader tonight that it trickled down, said goalie Mike Smith, who posted his third playoff shutout with 36 saves. Every guy knew that he was going and they were going to do their part to try to force this series to Game 5. Doan has been a penalty magnet in the postseason, leading his club with 29 minutes. This series has been no different. Following his jab to Kings forward Jarret Stolls head in Game 3, Doan triggered the officials hypersensitive sensors early in Sundays second period when he went hard to the net and drew a slashing call despite the utter absence of a slash on the play. Rather than let it frustrate him, Doan kept building off a first-period power-play goal and the reunion of his normal line, which coach Dave Tippett had broken up in Game 3. Midway through the second, the Coyotes won an offensive zone face-off cleanly, with center Antoine Vermette pulling it back to Doan at the top of the circle. Doan buried a chance with a shot just under the crossbar that went undetected at first but was upheld by video review, giving the Coyotes their first two-goal lead of the series. I didnt see it go in, but Boeds (linemate Mikkel Boedker) did and he was telling me, 'For sure, thats in,'" Doan said. The goal sucked the life out of the Kings and the Staples Center crowd for a stretch, allowing the Coyotes to push the game into the third period with their first significant lead of the series. Using a far more efficient breakout to waylay the Kings' withering forecheck, the steady play of Smith and a perfect penalty-killing unit, the Coyotes handed the Kings just their second loss of the postseason and their first via shutout. Tippett made it clear that having all of the Coyotes on board was critical to Sundays outcome. "We had more people jump harder into the battle tonight," he said. But he also credited the "strong-willed" Doan with channeling his frustration to summon the assets that make him most effective -- the assets that make him a leader. "The ability to push that into the game in a positive manner speaks volumes for our captain," Tippett said. Doan understands that this was only a baby step in the Coyotes daunting trek toward winning four straight. He also knows the Kings are 7-0 on the road in the postseason, with Game 5 set for Tuesday at Jobing.com Arena. "I dont think anybody on our team is excited about being down," he said. "(But) the law of averages says they're going to lose eventually on the road. The next game wouldnt be a bad one (for them) to lose."
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