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 per cent 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 defenceman 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.