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Tippett said he has enough to do to try to get his team ready to play the Red Wings rather than deal with such ongoing distractions.

The Coyotes‘ Adrian Aucoin called the timing of the Winnipeg reports “kind of a joke, to be honest.”

“I thought it was kind of rude whoever threw it out there at that time,” he said, “but there’s always people looking to stir up some stuff. It’s nothing new to us. Every time we hear it it’s a couple of more weeks here, a couple of more weeks there.”

An interesting subplot is the hit Doan put on Detroit’s Johan Franzen that sent the bloodied Red Wings player to the locker room for repairs early in Game 2. Franzen said afterward that Doan should have been tossed from the game “no question about it.”

“He hit me from behind and they missed it somehow,” Franzen said. “He (the referee) could have picked charging, boarding, whatever pretty much.”

Doan laughed it off. Franzen simply lost his balance as the two went to try to be the first to hit the other, the Coyotes captain said.

“I mean, there’s absolutely nothing to it,” Doan said.

The Coyotes tried to take some comfort in the fact they almost came back from a 4-0 deficit with a big third period on Saturday. They also had a strong first period in Game 1. In between, it’s been all Detroit.

“It comes down to that desperation and controlling y our energy and making sure it’s kind of going in the right direction,” Doan said. “We’ve proven that we can do it. We just haven’t put the right combination together and they have. They’ve got a great team but realistically we win the next game at home on our ice and it’s a whole new series again.”

If not, the Red Wings will lead 3-0 and talk will surely center on whether Game 4 will be the last for the Coyotes in Arizona.