This is the first I’ve heard of it, but maybe I was too busy celebrating.
It was a Shane Doan we never saw before.
Bitter. Frustrated. Unhinged.
“I bit my tongue this whole series,” he said. “This whole series.”
The Phoenix Coyotes’ magical season came to an end Tuesday at Jobing.com Arena and it was hard for the captain to bow out gracefully.
Don’t be too hard on him. The inconsistency in officiating that has defined the NHL postseason needs to be addressed, and it might just take someone as highly regarded as Doan to get the commissioner’s attention.
Except he’s not highly-regarded anymore. He’s a laughing-stock.
This is what you need to know about Doan’s unleashing after a 4-3 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Kings in Game 5.
He repeatedly said he didn’t want to take anything away from the Los Angeles Kings. He repeatedly said he knows the officials are working hard and trying their best. It’s important not to take it out of context.
Right. And the context is, he knows he has to say something about how the Kings played well and deserved something or other. I missed the part where he said the officials were trying their best. I only heard him say that the calls against him were sheer madness, inexplicable, and — did he not say the league has it in for them?
But it’s also important to note if someone like Doan, who doesn’t like to rock the boat, has issues, it’s worth exploring.
Who says he doesn’t like to rock the boat? I mean, seriously, what has he had to rock the boat about before?
Doan’s diatribe came on the heels of coach Dave Tippett recently lamenting his concerns about of the direction of the game, including the excessive theatrics by players — flopping — that seem to sway officials.
“You tell me where my penalties were these last three games,” Doan said. “You tell me.”
Doan was called for one penalty Tuesday, a game misconduct called after the game was over.
I would love to get a lip reader to tell us what he said to Brown in the handshake line.