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....