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UPDATE: Vest Says Doan is Listed Day-To-Day, Will be evaluated Monday. Fiddler Update

Sunday, 04.18.2010 / 11:15 PM /
The Desert Dog Blog
By Dave Vest

DETROIT The Coyotes won Game 3 vs. Detroit on Sunday, but they lost captain Shane Doan to an undisclosed injury. His status is listed as day-to-day.

Doan suffered the injury after tripping over Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard and sliding headfirst into the end boards early in the second period. He left the game and did not return.

Doan did not speak to reporters after the game. Coyotes Head Coach Dave Tippett said Doan, who played in all 82 regular-season games the past two seasons and all but two games in 2007-08, would be re-evaluated on Monday.

"We'll see where he is tomorrow," Tippett said. "But we have a lot of guys who are itching for some extra minutes and we had some guys jump in there and play very well. When you lose one guy, it's an opportunity for another guy. Shane's our leader, but we recognize we have a game to play."

Game 4 is on Tuesday night at Joe Louis Arena.

Doan delivered three hits and won a face-off in his eight shifts before being injured. He left the game with the score tied 1-1. Phoenix won 4-2.

My two cents: Doan, who has a goal and an assist in this series, is an extremely tough player who puts his own well-being second to the team's. In other words, playing hurt is nothing new for him so If there is any way for him to play on Tuesday, he will.

Doan wasn't the only Coyotes forward sidelined by injury on Sunday. Vernon Fiddler did not play because of an upper-body injury he suffered in Game 2 on Friday night.

Robert Lang replaced Fiddler in the lineup and played only 6:58. The game was Lang's first since March 4. He has been nursing a lower-body injury for the past six weeks.

Fiddler said he plans to skate at Monday's practice and hopefully return for Game 4. Watching Game 3 in street clothes, he said, was a drag.

"You play 82 games to get yourself in this situation and it's hard to watch, but at the same time my teammates did a great job of pulling together," Fiddler said. "It doesn't matter, it seems, who's out, everybody always seems to pull together and it just goes to show the team we are."

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