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By The Sports Xchange March 20, 2013 2:30 AM
Despite the fact the Coyotes outplayed the Kings for most of the game. Just another wild night in the lockout shortened NHL season in which the craziness just keeps on coming. And with the games coming in bunches, the quirkiness continues, this week's oddity being the Kings hosting the Coyotes on consecutive nights at Staples Center. After shutting Phoenix out Monday, the Kings nearly turned in a repeat performance Tuesday before surrendering two third-period goals in a 3-2 victory. Los Angeles was outshot 42-29 by its division rivals. "We deserved a better fate tonight," Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said. It didn't happen. The Coyotes went a franchise-record 245 minutes, 33 seconds without scoring a goal before Shane Doan finally beat Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier midway through the third period to make it 2-1. Doan added another goal with 41 seconds left in the game to make it 3-2 and save some face for the Coyotes, who extended their season-worst winless streak to four games. "Obviously, everyone in this room is frustrated and disappointed," Doan said. "We have to start with a desperate (mentality) and play the full game as desperate as we can." They tried Tuesday, but it still wasn't enough. On Monday night it was Jonathan Quick keeping the Coyotes out of the net. On Tuesday, it was Bernier and his career-high 40 saves. Bernier is now 7-2-0 with a 1.63 GAA this year. Different goalie, nearly the same results. "We had lots of chances and lots of shots," Phoenix forward Radim Vrbata said. "It would have been nicer if we scored earlier to get us in the game and not chase them all game again." The hits just keep coming for Phoenix (13-13-4). Meanwhile, the Kings (17-10-2) weren't as sharp offensively as they were the night before, but with the Coyotes struggling to score goals, they didn't need to be. And with Doughty finally scoring his first goal of the season -- which followed Dustin Penner's first-period goal -- and Jarret Stoll adding another in the third, the Kings had more than enough to hold off the Coyotes again. "It feels great," Doughty said of his first goal. "I don't usually go that long without getting in the scorebook, so that felt great." Doughty went so long without a goal he wasn't quite sure whether to celebrate after launching a 39-foot slap shot past Coyotes goalie Mike Smith, unsure whether the puck bounced off a teammate first. "It was great to see it go in whether it was mine or (someone else's)," Doughty said. It was his, much to the relief of Doughty and the Kings, who have been waiting for their talented defenseman to get going offensively. "I think the difference between this year and maybe the years past is he understands what he needs to do to win," said Kings center Anze Kopitar, who extended his assists streak to five games. "Until this point, he didn't need to score, but he made some great kills on the (penalty kills) and the defensive zone." Nevertheless, the goal drought was wearing on Doughty. "I was obviously worried," he said. "I was just saying that, but it was good to get that one off my back. I'm hoping I can get on a little roll here now. I'm kind of a streaky scorer, but I'm hoping that kind of continues." The Kings have won 14 of their past 19 games, including 11 of 12 at home, where their 12-2-1 record is tied for the best 15-game home start in franchise history. NOTES: It didn't take Kings rookie Tyler Toffoli long to make an impression on the Kings or their fans, the 20-year-old center netting his first goal Monday in just his second game. He added an assist that night to finish with two points in a 4-0 win over the Coyotes. A sold-out Staples Center serenaded the Toffoli with a standing ovation. He was held scoreless Tuesday. ... Despite getting pulled the night before, Smith was back in goal Tuesday, and he made 26 saves. ... Phoenix's Antoine Vermette and Keith Yandle extended their consecutive-games streaks to 293 and 285, respectfully. Yandle, an All-Star defenseman, is currently second overall among NHL defensemen in consecutive games played, although it might take him awhile to catch up with Calgary's Jay Bouwmeester, who has played in 615 straight.