LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Alexander Frolov's second power-play goal
gave Los Angeles the lead, and the Kings used a five-goal third
period to beat the Phoenix Coyotes 7-4 on Sunday night.
The Kings, who lost newly acquired All-Star forward Jeremy
Roenick due to a concussion at 2:25 of the second period, also got
Oleg Saprykin scored twice on power plays for Phoenix, and Mike
Comrie and Tyson Nash had a goal apiece.
Trailing 4-2 after two periods, the Kings scored five unanswered
goals -- including Frolov's second of the game, which put them ahead
5-4 with Phoenix center Mike Ruff serving a holding penalty.
Los Angeles left wing Noah Clarke was off for hooking when
Saprykin beat rookie goalie Mathieu Garon from short range at 14:12
of the second period to put Phoenix ahead 3-2. Nash's gave the
Coyotes a two-goal margin less than 3½ minutes later.
Roenick was injured after carrying the puck up ice along the
right boards and taking a hard but clean shoulder check from
Phoenix defenseman Denis Gauthier at the red line.
"I think it indicates the state of our game, the lack of
respect -- especially in preseason," Roenick said. "It is uncalled
for. It is ridiculous -- one of the reasons our game isn't as good
as it once was. There is no respect for people in this league. It
was not a cheap hit, it was a good solid hit. But you don't do that
Kings coach Andy Murray also took issue with Gauthier. Murray is
sensitive on the subject of concussions, having lost Adam Deadmarsh
and Jason Allison for more than a season. Deadmarsh never did play
again, announcing his retirement last Thursday at age 30 because of
post-concussion syndrome after 10 NHL seasons. His last game with
the Kings was on Dec. 15, 2002.
"Our track record hasn't been great with these types of
injuries, but we're hoping he's back right away," Murray said. "I
would say it was not a dirty hit, but it was probably uncalled for
in a game like this. We know that Jeremy had [Gauthier] lined up in
Phoenix and backed off on him on a similar-type situation where he
could have hurt him. I wouldn't say this was even a penalty, but
there are some things that don't have to happen in a game like
Just eight seconds after Roenick was led into the dressing room,
Kostopoulos instigated a fight with Gauthier. Belanger also
received a fighting major during the incident, giving Phoenix a
five-minute power play that was shortened by David Tanabe's
Both goalies player the entire game. Garon had 24 saves and
Curtis Joseph had 13.