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Coyotes 5, Kings 2

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PHOENIX -- Mikkel Boedker snapped a seven-game drought with a pair of goals and Shane Doan scored his third in three games as the Phoenix Coyotes raced to a 4-0 lead and finished off a 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings Tuesday.

Doan and Raffi Torres each had a goal and Rob Klinkhammer scored for the second time in two games following a minor-league recall to cap the win.

Doan had four goals in his first 19 games but now has five in his last seven, with the Coyotes registering four wins within the Pacific Division in that span. Boedker took over the team point lead with 18 and came within a nifty Jonathan Quick save late in the second period of notching his first career hat trick.

Mike Richards and Dustin Brown scored on the power play for the Kings, who beat Calgary at home Monday night but looked sluggish early on back-to-back nights and paid the price.

Mike Smith made 31 saves to pick up his 11th win of the year. Quick made 24 saves but allowed four goals on the first 17 shots for the Kings, who lost for only the fourth time in their last 15 games.

Boedker kicked a Torres pass to his skates at the top of the circle and beat Quick to the stick side at 9:25 for his first goal since Feb. 26. Doan made it 2-0 after another successful Phoenix kill, deflecting a shot-pass by Quick to double the Phoenix lead at 16:47.

Boedker made it 3-0 at 3:37 of the second, picking out the top corner after a pretty power-play move in the slot. And when Torres banged home a Doan rebound at 12:33, Phoenix had a four-goal cushion.

NOTES: The Coyotes played without defenseman Zbynek Michalek, who had eight of Phoenix's 30 blocked shots in a 2-1 win over Dallas Saturday but took one off his ankle and sat out. The Coyotes recalled Chris Summers from Portland of the American Hockey League on Tuesday and he stepped in for Michalek. ... Los Angeles defenseman Keaton Ellerby and Coyotes captain Shane Doan are first cousins in a very close family. Ellerby's father, Cal, is a pastor and married Doan's parents, Bernie and Bernice. ... Anze Kopitar will play in his 500th NHL game Thursday night in San Jose. ... Coach Dave Tippett said Coyotes defenseman David Schlemko, who had been out since Feb. 4 because of a shoulder injury, will be ready to play by this weekend. ... The Coyotes granted the Kings request to wear white at home Thursday so Los Angeles could wear its throwback purple and black sweaters. ... The Coyotes have 22 games remaining and 14 are on the road, beginning Thursday night in St. Louis.
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