Coyotes coach Dave Tippett calls Shane Doan a bull in a china shop. Make that an angry bull.

Doan turned in a superior effort against the Red Wings in a 4-3 Game 2 loss Saturday, likely foreshadowing his play when the first-round playoff series returns to Arena this week for Games 3 and 4.

Doan had two hits, after collecting eight in Game 1, and had two power-play goals and an assist, but it was his assertiveness on the ice that provided the spark the Coyotes needed after a subpar period and a half.

Detroit wound up with 41, three more than the Coyotes, but one of Doan's got the Red Wings in an uproar. He collided with Johan Franzen, who hit the boards face-first. Franzen left the game but returned, and later the two went face to face.

Tippett dismissed criticism of the hit.

"I think if you look at that close, Franzen face-washed Doan before Doan face-washed Franzen," he said. "On the hit, it's a hockey hit. Franzen's off balance. That's a scenario where I think players have to protect themselves better."

Doan and Franzen were fighting for position before the incident occurred.

"He goes into the boards really awkward," he said. "It was one of those (things), him and I are both trying to get back to the zone, and we hit about three or four feet from the boards. He went in awkward and . . . I didn't think we hit that hard. I just think he lost his balance and went in hard."

Tippett would like others to take Doan's cue and come up with similar efforts the remainder of the series.

"He's a dominant player when he plays like that," Tippett said of Doan. "He got rewarded with goals tonight. I just wish there'd be a few other guys on our team would take a lead from that and chunk it in as hard as he does."