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
"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."
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
The Coyotes, who entered averaging just over two goals per game,
scored five straight goals to erase a 3-1 deficit in the second
Ed Jovanovski had a goal, assist and one spirited fight for the
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
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
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.
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.