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Doan’s Two Goals Pace Yotes Pass Kings
Posted By Robb Patty On Dec 30 2010 @ 2:28 am In Phoenix Coyotes | No Comments
Tuesday following the Coyotes 3-1 loss to the Ducks forward Shane Doan was upset at his teams inability to score goals over the past several games. He knew that the Yotes needed to start converting on their scoring chances if they were going to beat a hot Los Angeles Kings team the next night.
“It’s a big game and they (Los Angeles) are playing really well,” said Doan. “We’re going to have to have our best game and obviously we got to get points.”
Doan lead the way Wednesday night at Jobing.Com Arena scoring two goals to earn the Yotes a much needed two points in a 6-3 win over the Kings. Winger Brett MacLean, who was called up from San Antonio to replace the injured Martin Hanzal, scored at 15:34 of the first period on his first career NHL shot, to put the Yotes up 4-2.
MacLean, has scored 112 goals in his last three seasons. Two of those have come with the Coyotes AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage. Now MacLean’s goal is too prove that he belongs and work hard to be a staple in the Coyotes’ lineup.
“Yeah definitely, obviously everybody’s dream is to play in the NHL and the longer you wait you get a little more frustrated,” said MacLean of being in San Antonio. “But I think my main goal is to try and get better everyday and eventually prove that I belong up here and at least deserve a shot. Now that I got it it’s a great feeling.”
Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov stopped 23 of 26 shots to record his first win since December 11th. Winger Scottie Upsahll also added one goal and two assists in the victory.
With the win the Coyotes are now just two points out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference. Phoenix is back on the ice Friday as they travel to St. Louis to take on the Blues in another important conference match-up.
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