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Doan diagnosed with knee, cartilage injuries

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan was
diagnosed Friday with knee and cartilage injuries that will keep
him out of Saturday's season finale against Chicago.

It hasn't been determined if Doan will need surgery, team
officials said.

Doan, a 27-year-old right wing who was named captain before this
season, finished it with career highs in goals (27), power-play
goals (9) and points (68) in 79 games.

He missed two games in a home-and-home exchange with Colorado in
mid-March because of a deep thigh bruise, plus the finale.

"He epitomizes a player willing to play through pain," general
manager Mike Barnett said. "He had that charley horse, a cheekbone
that at first we thought might have been fractured and the sore
knee, and he still played 21 or 22 minutes and scored important
goals for us, and that's why he's the leader and warrior that he is
on our team."

Doan hurt his knee in Edmonton on Sunday, a game in which he
scored two goals, and took a puck in the left cheek against
Vancouver the next night.

Barnett said team surgeon Matt Maddox ordered an MRI exam of the
knee when the swelling did not decrease after 48 hours. Maddox also
did a CAT scan of Doan's cheek, which turned out to be bruised but
not broken.

The MRI found low-level damage -- not necessarily a tear -- to
Doan's medial collateral ligament and medial meniscus cartilage.
Maddox prescribed three weeks of rest before deciding whether the
knee will require surgery.

"After three weeks of near-minimal activity, he will evaluate
it at that point," Barnett said.

Doan, who helped lead Canada to a gold medal at the 2003 World
Championships, was picked for his first All-Star appearance this
season.