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Coyotes score five straight goals, beat Kings 6-3 @NHLdotcom

LOS ANGELES (AP) -Olli Jokinen scored twice in the second period against his former team to reach 500 career points, then added an empty-netter to complete his sixth career hat trick as the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Los Angeles Kings 6-3 on Saturday.

Viktor Tikhonov had a goal and an assist for the Coyotes, who have won nine of the last 12 meetings with their Pacific Division rivals and five of their last six games at Staples Center. Defenseman David Hale and rookie Mikkel Boedker also scored and Martin Hanzal had two assists, helping Phoenix get back-to-back wins for the first time since Jan. 15-17.

Ilya Bryzgalov made 31 saves to improve to 7-1-0 with a 1.72 goals-against average in his last eight games against the Kings and 4-0 at Staples Center during that stretch.

Alexander Frolov, Dustin Brown and Derek Armstrong scored for the Kings, who have lost four straight at home and are 1-3-2 in their last six games overall after a 7-1-0 stretch. Jonathan Quick made 23 saves after going 8-2-1 with a 2.67 GAA in his previous 11 games.

Brown gave Los Angeles a 2-1 lead at 1:20 of the second period, carrying the puck around defenseman Ed Jovanovski and beating Bryzgalov to the stick side with a wrist shot from the right circle for his 23rd goal. But the Coyotes responded with three consecutive goals in a 6:02 span.

Jokinen, who made his NHL debut in 1997-98 with the Kings after they made him the third overall pick in the draft, tied it at 12:34 of the period with a screened wrist shot from the top of the left circle.

Each of the next two goals came off sloppy turnovers by Kopitar to the left of the Kings' net, including Tikhonov's seventh of the season and Jokinen's milestone goal - a one-timer that beat Jonathan Quick high to the glove side at 18:36 of the second.

Boedker, the eighth overall pick in last summer's draft, added his 10th goal with 1:31 to play. Jokinen completed the Phoenix scoring with a short-handed goal after the Kings pulled Quick for an extra attacker. It was his 20th goal this season and 228th of his career.

After allowing an average of 32 shots on net over their previous three games, the Coyotes held the Kings without one until the 8 1/2-minute mark, when Jack Johnson's wrist shot from above the left circle was handled by Bryzgalov.

Phoenix opened the scoring 53 seconds later, when Hale's one-timer from the left point beat Quick over the right shoulder while he was screened.

Los Angeles tied it at 12:13 of the first with Frolov's 25th goal, two more than he had in 71 games last season.

Notes: Kurt Sauer is still not playing at 100 percent after missing 14 games because of an injured foot. This was his third game back in the lineup. ... Kings D Denis Gauthier began serving a two-game suspension without pay, following a boarding penalty in Thursday's 4-2 loss when he made contact with Patrick Marleau on an icing play. Gauthier, who received a five-game suspension earlier this month for hitting Montreal D Josh Gorges with an elbow to the head, will forfeit $22,580 in salary as a result of this one. ... Phoenix LW Daniel Carcillo, whose 172 penalty minutes lead the league, went an entire game without getting a penalty for the 24th time this season. His only penalty in four meetings with the Kings was a major he got for fighting John Zeiler. ... The Frolov-Kopitar-O'Sullivan line has combined for seven goals and 11 assists over the last five games. ... Phoenix was 0-for-2 on the power play. The last time the Coyotes faced the Kings on Dec. 27, they were a season-worst 0-for-9 - beginning an eight-game stretch in with they were 1-for-33 with the man advantage. ... The Coyotes began a nine-game stretch in which they will play only once at home, where they have lost six of seven.

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