A defiant Shane Doan [asserted] that the Coyotes — down 2-0 after a pair of home losses — were far from finished.
“Everyone’s picking LA to go on now with the situation that we’re in. That’s fine by us,” Doan said. “The experts have not picked us for a long time and continue to pick against us.
“The last three years we’ve found ways to prove them wrong — we’ll be worried when they start picking us.”
But, Shane, before last month, the Coyotes had never won a playoff series in its entire history. So that would make the experts right, wouldn’t it?
The reason the “experts” are picking the Kings at this point is that the Coyotes mostly haven’t shown up at all this series, and to the degree that they have shown up, they’ve self-destructed. It’s not like it’s been close and you’ve soldiered on valiantly despite public opinion. In fact, I’ve watched several NBC broadcasts that have nominated you for superheroic sainthood. Public opinion is — or was, before you came unglued — solidly in your corner, what with your “I’m an old warrior and never tasted champagne from the cup” persona. Your team’s answer to all of that was what amounts to 120 minutes of temper tantrum.