-- Over the years, it's gotten comical for Shane Doan
. But now, it's about to get historic.
Doan had back-to-back two-goal games last week, the 36th and 37th of his career. That's not a record, but it's notable because of the number of hat tricks the Phoenix Coyotes
' captain has fashioned in his career.
None. Zip. Zero. Nada.
He already has scored more goals and recorded more two-goal games than any active player in the League without collecting a hat trick. But his two goals in St. Louis in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Blues -- which gave him five in a three-game span -- were the 284th and 285th of his career -- and made things even more interesting.
Only defenseman Larry Murphy
, who played more than 1,600 NHL games over parts of three decades before leaving for the broadcast booth at NHL Network, has scored more goals (287) in his career without seeing hats hit the ice.
So if the red-hot Doan -- who was named the League's Second Star of the Week after collecting eight points in four games -- happens to get a couple of early goals Tuesday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets
at Jobing.com Arena, something's gotta give. Either the spell will be broken and Doan will finally break through or Murphy's inglorious record will have company.