PHOENIX – Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan isn’t happy with his team’s playoff performance against the Detroit Red Wings.
“I’m embarrassed and as a group we should be embarrassed because we got beat four straight. It’s always a sick feeling when it’s over, you failed and didn’t do your job,” said Doan on the Sports 620 KTAR’s Gambo and Ash show on Friday.
Doan is most upset that his team didn’t play up to its capabilities in the playoffs.
“We didn’t play as well as we should have. That’s embarrassing when you get to the playoffs and don’t bring your A-game,” said Doan.
While the Coyotes captain admitted losing to the Red Wings in seven games last season was more painful, he’s taking this year’s loss more personal.
“Last year, the way it ended, it hurt a lot more because we thought we were so close,” said Doan.
“It’s such an emotional game. You get challenged on the ice so personally. It’s like challenging your manhood and when they beat you, it’s hard to accept.”
Doan said it was hard for his teammates and himself to have to deal with all the speculation surrounding the team possibly moving to Winnipeg while trying to play in the playoffs.
“It’s impossible for anyone to continue to block out the distractions,” said Doan.
The Coyotes captain is still hoping the team gets to stay in Arizona.
“This is my home now and I don’t want to be told where I have to go live,” said Doan.
For now, all the veteran can think about is another missed opportunity to make a run at the Stanley Cup.
“My career is getting shorter and shorter. I’m running out of time,” said Doan.