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Doan scores twice, Coyotes beat Kings 6-3

Shane Doan scored two goals and Scottie Upshall and Keith Yandle each had three points in the Phoenix Coyotes' 6-3 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night.

The Coyotes set season highs for goals and goals in the first period with four — matching their total from their previous four games.

Doan has 36 two-goal games in his NHL career, but has never had a hat trick. The Phoenix captain also scored twice in a Dec. 11 home game against Dallas.

Upshall had a goal and two assists, all in the first period, and Yandle had three assists.

Brett MacLean scored his first NHL goal in his first game, and Ray Whitney and Kyle Turris added goals for the Coyotes. Brad Richardson, Marco Sturm and Ryan Smyth scored for Los Angeles.

Doan opened the scoring at 5:31 of the first.

Unlike most teams, the Coyotes were able to get to Jonathan Quick, and early. In his previous 26 games, Quick allowed four goal in a game only twice, and gave up five in a 6-4 loss to St. Louis on Dec. 16. Coming into this game, Quick had a 1.88 goals-against average, second only to Boston's Tim Thomas.

After Turris completed the scoring at 10:03 of the second period, Kings coach Terry Murray pulled Quick for Jonathan Bernier.

MacLean connected on a power play in the first period. The last Phoenix player to score his first NHL goal in his first NHL game was Daniel Winnik against the Blues on Oct. 4, 2007.

NOTES: The loss dropped the Kings to 7-24-3 in their last 34 games in Phoenix. ... The Kings are in the middle of a 12-game stretch against Western Conference opponents. ... Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal was scratched. He's day-to-day with an upper-body injury. ... With two assists, the Kings' Anze Kopitar has six points in his last three games.