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Coyotes 6, Kings 4

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:41 AM

Associated Press

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Coyotes 6, Kings 4
Los Angeles Kings 4, Phoenix Coyotes 6

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -Shane Doan came back to the Phoenix lineup, and the offense came alive for the struggling Coyotes.

Doan, out for three games with a back injury, scored two goals to help the Coyotes beat the Los Angeles Kings 6-4 on Saturday night.

"He's our captain. Players look to him for leadership and physical play," Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky said. "He scored a big goal to get us started. He looked 100 percent better tonight than he has the last three weeks. It was good to see."

Doan scored the first and fourth goals of Phoenix's fourth victory in 14 games this season.

"You know what? It's no fun watching," he said. "I hate watching. I never like to watch, and I really wanted to find a way to get out there."

The scoring barrage led to the benching of both starting goalies, Phoenix's Curtis Joseph early in the first period and the Kings' Mathieu Garon early in the second.

Joseph's replacement, David LeNeveu, had 38 saves as the Kings outshot Phoenix 43-24. The benching came after Joseph was pulled following two periods in a 6-2 loss at Anaheim on Friday night.

"We haven't lost confidence in him by any means," Gretzky said. "A couple of bad games doesn't make a player's career over, but I just felt that we needed a shake-up after that second one went in."

The Coyotes, who entered averaging just over two goals per game, scored five straight goals to erase a 3-1 deficit in the second period.

Ed Jovanovski had a goal, assist and one spirited fight for the Coyotes.

Gretzky pulled Joseph after the Kings scored twice in the first seven minutes, the first on a power-play goal by Anze Kopitar and the second by Tom Kostopoulos that put the Kings up 2-1.

Derek Armstrong scored on Leneveu to make it 3-1. But the Coyotes came back with two goals in a 28-second span late in the first period.

Enver Lisin scored his first career goal, in his 10th NHL game, on a deflection of Zbynek Michalek's shot at 13:59, then Georges Laraque took a superb pass from Patrick Fischer and sent it past goalie Mathieu Garon at 14:27 of the first period to make it a 3-3 tie entering the second.

"A 3-1 lead in this league early on, we've got to find a way to put them away and not invite them back in the game," Kings defenseman Mattias Norstrom said. "It's a really disappointing loss."

Phoenix scored twice early in the second, prompting Kings coach Marc Crawford to replace Garon with Dan Cloutier after Jovanovski's power-play goal made it 5-3 at 5:33 of the second.

"We had that bad half-minute at the end of the first period that allowed them to get back in the game," Crawford said. "You've got to give them credit. They came pretty hard the second period. It seemed like every chance that they got they ended up capitalizing on it."

The Coyotes, beaten by the Kings 4-0 in their first meeting of the season, promptly scored on Cloutier, too. Dennis Seidenberg's first goal of the season capped a run of five goals in a row to put Phoenix ahead 6-3 at 6:38 of the second period.

Los Angeles cut the lead to 6-4 at 17:34 of the second when Leneveu tried to cover the puck with his hands. But it popped free, and Alexander Frolov knocked it into the net.

Notes: The game was the first of five in a row at home for Phoenix. ... Doan doubled his goal total for the season. ... Kings D Rob Blake appeared in his 1,000th NHL game. ... Coyotes C Mike Comrie injured a foot in the third period against Anaheim and will be out three-to-five weeks, Gretzky said after the game.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:50
PHX
Shane Doan (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Jeremy Roenick (3), Ed Jovanovski (4)
1 - 0 PHX
04:10
LAK
PPG - Anze Kopitar (4) Slapshot - ASST: Rob Blake (3), Mike Cammalleri (4)
1 - 1 Tie
06:53
LAK
Tom Kostopoulos (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Mattias Norstrom (2), Aaron Miller (2)
2 - 1 LAK
11:19
LAK
Derek Armstrong (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Mike Cammalleri (5), Lubomir Visnovsky (5)
3 - 1 LAK
13:59
PHX
PPG - Enver Lisin (1) Tip-in - ASST: Zbynek Michalek (3), Yanic Perreault (1)
3 - 2 LAK
14:27
PHX
Georges Laraque (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Patrick Fischer (2), Oleg Saprykin (4)
3 - 3 Tie
2nd Period
02:26
PHX
Shane Doan (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Yanic Perreault (2), Ladislav Nagy (5)
4 - 3 PHX
05:33
PHX
PPG - Ed Jovanovski (3) Snap shot - ASST: Ladislav Nagy (6), Georges Laraque (1)
5 - 3 PHX
06:38
PHX
Dennis Seidenberg (1) Slapshot - ASST: Ladislav Nagy (7)
6 - 3 PHX
17:34
LAK
Alex Frolov (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Aaron Miller (3), Mattias Norstrom (3)
6 - 4 PHX
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
02:53
LAK
Raitis Ivanans  Fighting (maj) against  Georges Laraque
02:53
PHX
Georges Laraque  Fighting (maj) against  Raitis Ivanans
03:31
PHX
Dave Scatchard  Hooking
13:12
LAK
Rob Blake  Holding against  Ladislav Nagy
15:53
LAK
Brian Willsie  Hooking against  Derek Morris
19:21
PHX
Matt Jones  Holding against  Dustin Brown
2nd Period
04:55
LAK
Craig Conroy  Hooking against  Shane Doan
07:39
PHX
Jeremy Roenick  Hooking
08:35
LAK
Derek Armstrong  Hooking against  Fredrik Sjostrom
09:13
LAK
Dustin Brown  Hooking
14:23
PHX
Ed Jovanovski  Cross checking against  Sean Avery
3rd Period
01:32
LAK
Derek Armstrong  Slashing against  Yanic Perreault
09:49
PHX
Nick Boynton  Holding against  Anze Kopitar
16:07
LAK
Dustin Brown  Too many men/ice - bench
20:00
PHX
Ed Jovanovski  Cross checking
goalie stats
Mathieu Garon
SA: 17TOI: 25:33
Saves: 12EV: 11 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 3
SV%: .706SH: 0 - 0
Dan Cloutier
SA: 7TOI: 33:11
Saves: 6EV: 4 - 5
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .857SH: 0 - 0
David Leneveu
SA: 40TOI: 53:07
Saves: 38EV: 32 - 34
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .950SH: 2 - 2
Curtis Joseph
SA: 3TOI: 6:53
Saves: 1EV: 1 - 2
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
SV%: .333SH: 0 - 0