Roenick concussed by 'ridiculous' hit

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

goals from Eric Belanger, Dustin Brown, Tom Kostopolous and Steve

Avery.

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

in preseason."

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

this."

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

high-sticking penalty.

Both goalies player the entire game. Garon had 24 saves and

Curtis Joseph had 13.