Canucks blow two-goal lead, fall to Kings in shootout

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Jeremy Roenick doesn't think

he has anything left to prove.

He showed USA Hockey that they might have made a mistake leaving

him off the Olympic team anyway.

Roenick laid a big hit on Brendan Morrison five seconds into the

game, then scored Los Angeles first goal and set up Derek Armstrong

for the second, rallying the Kings from an early two-goal deficit

before Alexander Frolov scored the lone goal of the shootout to

give them a 4-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks Monday night.

"I don't need to prove myself to anybody," said Roenick, who

wasn't among the 23 players named to the U.S. squad before the game

started. "There's nobody on that Olympic team that has scored more

points than I have, who has had a career like I have in terms of

physicality and putting points on the board and being a leader."

With 481 goals and 1,133 points during 17 NHL seasons, Roenick

is second all time among American-born players in both categories.

But with just five goals and six assists this season before the

team was announced, he wasn't surprised to be left off.

That didn't mean the 35-year-old understood, or agreed with, the

decision.

"I think they were blackballing me from the beginning," said

Roenick, who represented the U.S. at the 1998 and 2002 Olympics.

"I m one of the guys who has gotten USA to where it is today

and to not have the opportunity to go back and try to win a gold

one more time, to me it's just disrespectful. They can beat me down

and say I'm over the hill or say that I don't have it anymore, but

to me I know that I do."

He did against the Canucks, but his goal and assist snapped an

eight-game drought and was first multiple-point game since scoring

twice in the season opener.

"If they want to keep me off because of my points that s all

well and good, but I'm a lot better hockey player than my points

indicate and I have played better as of late," said Roenick, who

was also left out of the shootout against Vancouver.

Instead, Frolov gave the Kings the win as he deked to his

forehand and tucked the puck between Alex Auld's legs. Mathieu

Garon made it stand up by stopping Markus Naslund's backhand as the

Kings overcame deficits of 2-0 and 3-2 to win the match-up of

20-victory teams.

Craig Conroy, who was named to the U.S. Olympic squad, scored

the other regulation Los Angeles goal shorthanded as the Kings, who

have won four of their last five, moved into a tie with Dallas for

top spot in the Pacific Division.

"It gets your blood pumping, Conroy said of the selection. "I

thought maybe I had a chance, but I thought I had a chance last

time too so I didn't get too excited and I was pretty happy when I

heard my name.

Conroy said he was disappointed for Roenick, his linemate on the

Kings top unit for the last four games, but happy to see him take

it out on the Canucks.

"Maybe it was a statement by him, maybe not, Conroy said. "I m

just glad he did it because we needed those points tonight.

The Canucks were more worried about the point they gave away. It

was also the second straight game Vancouver blew a two-goal lead

and gave up the tying goal shorthanded before losing in overtime.

Naslund, Daniel Sedin and Steve McCarthy scored in regulation

for the Canucks, who lost consecutive home games for the first

time, falling to 13-1-2 at GM Place.

"We need to be held more accountable, said Todd Bertuzzi, who

shot wide in the shootout. "They were two for-sure wins and it s

frustrating.

Garon, who also stopped Daniel Sedin in the shootout, made 26

saves in regulation and three more in overtime.

Auld made 24 saves before the shootout, including breakaway

stops on Frolov in the second period and Demitra late in the third.

He stopped Demitra again in the shootout and made a nice save on

Joe Corvo, but couldn't stop Frolov again.Game notes
Vancouver D Kevin Bieksa played his first NHL game after

being recalled from Manitoba of the AHL earlier in the day and took

a roughing penalty 10 seconds in. ... The Kings placed LW Jeff

Cowan on the injured reserve list before the game with a groin

injury that has forced him to miss four games already.