Doan savors long-awaited moment
It’s been a satisfying season of firsts for Coyotes captain Shane Doan.
division title. First playoff series win. And now this: In a couple
day’s time, Doan will officially be sporting the longest playoff beard
he’s ever grown.
“I’m working on it,” Doan said with a grin as he
took in the thousand or so fans who turned out at Cutter Aviation for
the Coyotes’ triumphant arrival back home on Tuesday afternoon following
their series-clinching, 4-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in the
first round of the Western Conference quarterfinals.
received a host of text messages and voicemails Monday night from
friends, family and former teammates, who couldn’t resist jabs like this
at the Coyotes’ most notorious practical joker.
“Now that you’ve won, we can rip you about your (failed) breakaway (in Game 5),” Doan said, laughing.
Doan hasn’t had a chance to absorb the full feeling of what has just transpired.
think getting ready for the game tomorrow will be really when you start
to understand, ‘OK, we’re moving on to the next one,’” he said.
But the significance of this first-ever Coyotes playoff series win is certainly not lost on him.
remember my first year in the league we played Detroit (in the
playoffs) and it went six games. I was like ‘OK, we have a pretty good
team. We’ll be all right.’
“The next year we were in the playoffs
and (the first-round series) went seven. All of the sudden, it’s 15
years later and you still haven’t done it.”
Doan said he doesn’t even try to explain this feeling to younger players.
“You can tell people as many times as you want, but until they experience it, they don’t appreciate it,” he said.
that is why he took that step back from the celebratory pack
surrounding goalie Mike Smith after Game 6. He wanted to drink it in.
was cool to see how we got to celebrate. You want to enjoy it,” he
said. “You appreciate it so much more because it’s been such a long