GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Even before Coyotes captain Shane Doan's three-game suspension was handed down Wednesday, more than one player mentioned that the looming penalty just meant other guys needed to bring a little something extra.
"At the end of the day, it's going to be a chance for other guys to step up coming down the stretch," left wing Raffi Torres said at the time.
No one could have known it then, but "other guys" apparently meant "me," as Torres took it upon himself to help fill the void with a two-point game in the Coyotes' 3-2 win Thursday night over the Avalanche.
"The guys knew they had to step up," coach Dave Tippett said. "We had some guys step up and take the minutes. That's what makes our team the way we are: We can find ways to do things like that."
With Doan serving the first game of his suspension for an elbow to the head of Stars forward Jamie Benn on Tuesday, the Coyotes entered the final playoff push under the gun. Beating the Avalanche, who are also battling ...