Coyotes' Doan won't play Game 7

Updated: April 27, 2010, 9:19 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan was ruled out of Tuesday night's seventh and deciding game against the Detroit Red Wings.

Doan had been a "game-time decision" for the past two games. He hasn't played since Game 3, when he crashed into the boards and suffered an upper-body injury. Despite his absence, the Coyotes have stretched their series with the Red Wings to seven games.

"Shane is obviously the biggest household name that we have but at the end of the day it's how our group is together, it's not about individuals," Tippett said.

Doan, who played all 82 regular-season games, practiced with the team on Monday and both he and head coach Dave Tippett said he was getting closer. But Tippett warned the media that Doan would not play if he wasn't fit enough to play his usual physical style of game.

The forward is the only remaining member of the last Coyotes team to play a Game 7, in 1999 against St. Louis.

Doan had a goal and an assist in the first two games of this first-round series and led the Coyotes with 55 points in the regular season.

Pierre LeBrun is an NHL writer for ESPN.com. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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