Found March 21, 2012 on Fox Sports Arizona:
The Coyotes lost more than a game Tuesday night in Dallas. They probably lost their captain for a good chunk of the season's stretch run, dealing a severe blow to their hopes of winning the Pacific Division title and maybe even making the postseason. Shane Doan was just fined 2,500 by the NHL on Friday for boarding Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano during a game Thursday in Calgary. He was also one of the first offenders punished under newly instated Rule 48 in October of 2010 when he was suspended three games for a blind-side hit on Anaheim's Dan Sexton. On Tuesday, with the Coyotes already trailing the Stars, 2-1, early in the second period of an enormous division showdown in Dallas, Doan clearly threw his elbow out at Stars forward Jamie Benn as he skated past, striking Benn in the head and dropping him to the ice. The fact that Benn wasn't hurt in the Stars'4-3 shootout win may help the length of Doan's suspension, but it's doubtful it will stay the executioner's hand. Doan's intent was apparent, and it was written all over his face the moment he turned back up ice, saw the referee signaling for a penalty, then took out his frustration by challenging Dallas' Brenden Morrow to an impromptu fight. When league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan looks at this one, he'll come to an easy conclusion. Doan should have learned his lesson from past transgressions. Dangerous plays like this have no place in the game. "It's going to be tough if that happens," defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson told FOX Sports Arizona's Todd Walsh. "He's a great player and a really good leader." Credit the Coyotes for getting up off the mat and scoring two third-period goals to force overtime and earn a valuable point. Ekman-Larsson had a short-handed tally and Ray Whitney got the equalizer on a brilliant and patient goal that mirrored his season as the club's most valuable forward. Ekman-Larsson had a chance to win it late in the third but Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen robbed him with a jaw-dropping, old-fashioned, stack-pad save to keep the Stars atop the Pacific Division despite losses in their previous two games. "If you look at the last part of the game and the overtime, it's a game we deserved to win," Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said. Unfortunately for Phoenix, it didn't. Phoenix got five of a possible eight points on this four-game trip to stay in playoff range, but Colorado and Los Angeles also won Tuesday, dropping Phoenix into ninth place in the Western Conference standings. With leading scorer Radim Vrbata still out of the lineup due to an undisclosed illness, and veteran defenseman Adrian Aucoin out with a lower body injury, losing Doan would be a heavy blow during the season's stretch run. "We're lacking a few bodies right now," Tippett said. "That would be one we couldn't miss." Especially now. The Coyotes' next four games are against Colorado, San Jose, St. Louis and San Jose again. Colorado and San Jose are battling with the Coyotes for the final Western Conference playoff spots. St. Louis owns the NHL's best record and the two games against San Jose represent the final two games Phoenix has within its division -- in other words, the final two games in which the Coyotes have a chance to make a major impact on the Pacific race. This isn't hockey the hard way. It looks like hockey the impossible way. Doan plays with an edge. He usually gets his subtle shots in on opponents. It's part of what makes him effective, but he normally keeps it within the rules. He made a mistake Tuesday. Everyone knows what kind of human being Doan is. This does not change that and let's not forget he assisted on both of those third period goals that helped the Coyotes earn a point. But a momentary lapse of reason could very well cost his team the Pacific Division title, and even a playoff spot. That would be cruel irony for a guy who has given everything and meant everything to this franchise for its 15 seasons in the Valley.

Coyotes will host surging Avs without Doan

Following a nearly perfect February, wins have been hard to come by this month for a Phoenix Coyotes team in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race. Making matters worse, they'll have to host the surging Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night without their captain. The NHL suspended Phoenix right wing Shane Doan three games Wednesday for elbowing Jamie Benn in the head...

NHL suspends Doan three games

Phoenix Coyotes forward Shane Doan has been suspended for three games because he elbowed Dallas' Jamie Benn on Tuesday night. The NHL announced Doan's punishment on Wednesday night and says he will give up more than $166,000 in pay for the elbow, which happened nearly six minutes into the second period of the game Dallas won 4-3 in a shootout. Doan was assessed a two-minute...

Doan gets 3-game suspension for elbow

Watch a video clip of the incident and hear Brendan Shanahan's explanation for the punishment. Phoenix Coyotes forward Shane Doan has been suspended for three games and will forfeit 166,463.40 for elbowing Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn during Tuesday night's game in Dallas. Doan, who received a three-game suspension in October 2010, is classified as a repeat offender...

Coyotes C Doan faces disciplinary hearing

Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan faces a Wednesday hearing with the NHL's Department of Player Safety for a hit in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Dallas Stars.Doan made contact with Stars forward Jamie Benn's head while delivering a hit in the second period. Benn appeared dazed but played the rest of the game. Doan received a two-minute minor for elbowing on the play."...

NHL suspends Coyotes captain Doan 3 games

The NHL suspended Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan three games for elbowing Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn in Tuesday's game. Doan was punished as a repeat offender. He also was suspended three games in October 2010 for a dangerous hit, and last week was fined $2,500 for a boarding penalty. The incident occurred during the second period of Dallas' 4-3 shootout victory...

Coyotes' Doan Gets a Three-Game Ban

Shane Doan is the latest player to book a suite at the Shanaban Hotel. The Coyotes captain was suspended for three games, following a hearing regarding his elbow on the Stars' Jamie Benn during Tuesday night's contest. While it's going to be tough for the slipping Coyotes to maintain traction in the Western Conference playoff chase, by losing their captain and third...

Video: Cheap head shot sparks huge brawl

A headshot like this will probably earn a suspension. Not thinking this is the type of behavior the NHL wants to condone in future hockey games. At 5:54 in the second period Tuesday night, Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars took a nasty shot to the jaw from Phoenix Coyotes Capt. Shane Doan. Benn fell to the ice. This sparked some brawling between the two teams and a whole ton of...

Shane Doan hit on Jamie Benn

I can find no reason the NHL shouldn't suspended the Coyotes forward Shane Doan for this bush league, unnecessary and dirty hit on Dallas forward Jamie Benn. I also don't see how anyone can defense this hit? Rightfully so, Shane Doan has a hearing this afternoon with the department of players safety this afternoon. Anyone want to guess on what kind of a suspension...

Adam French: Three for Doan

Shane Doan has been suspended for his elbow to the face on Jamie Benn. no surprise. He deserved to be suspended and in light of a previous fine this season for baording it was very obvious this would happen. Much like people said it was much like the Rene Bourque elbow on Nicklas Backstrom which received 5 games. The difference was simply that Benn was not injured. I know nobody...

3 Game Suspension For Shane Doan

Brendan Shanahan explains the suspension.

Avalanche-Coyotes Preview

Following a nearly perfect February, wins have been hard to come by this month for a Phoenix Coyotes team in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race. Making matters worse, they'll have to host the surging Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night without their captain. The NHL suspended Phoenix right wing Shane Doan three games Wednesday for elbowing Jamie Benn in the head...

All Heck’s Breakin’ Loose!

I was called a sucky ***** yesterday for believing that hockey fights are only a part of the game when hockey has actually been played, so I wanted to share footage of a completely justified bloody brawl. During the second period of Tuesday night’s game between the Dallas Stars and Phoenix Coyotes, Coyotes captain Shane Doan gave Stars forward Jamie Benn a suckerpunch elbow to...

Duncan Keith's hit on Daniel Sedin

With Shane Doan getting suspended for three games for elbowing Jamie Benn in the face, you've got to think that the Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith is going to get a game or two suspension for taking out the Canucks star forward Daniel Sedin with this high elbow to the head. These types of dirty hits are not acceptable and the NHL needs to be more proactive in removing...

The Playoff Race In The Western Conference

from Stu Hackel of the Red Light, Yesterday, we looked at the East and today, let’s take stock of the Western Conference where, realistically, it appears that the Oilers, Wild and Ducks are close to joining the Blue Jackets in the Also-Ran department, too far out of contention with too few games left for us to believe they can make a serious charge to eighth place. Beyond that...
NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.