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NHL's leading scorer was dealt 'cheap shot'

DENVER -- Vancouver forward Markus Naslund has a concussion that
will leave him sidelined at least a week after being injured in a game against the Colorado Avalanche by a hit that a Canucks official called a cheap
shot.

Naslund, the NHL's leading scorer with 30 goals and 38 assists,
left the ice bleeding from his forehead Monday and was hospitalized
overnight for observation. He was released Tuesday morning.

Naslund returned to Vancouver and won't be with the team for its
road trip that ends Saturday in Edmonton, team spokesman T.C.
Carling said. The team remained in Denver on Tuesday and was to fly to
Minnesota on Wednesday for a game there the next night.

Naslund was injured in an open ice collision with Colorado
forward Steve Moore in the second period of the game, which
Vancouver won, 1-0.

No penalty was called, and the NHL said it would take no action
on the hit. However, Vancouver GM Brian Burke, said: "I think it's
a marginal player going after a superstar with a headhunting hit."

In postgame remarks Monday, Vancouver coach Marc Crawford
criticized referees Dan Marouelli and Rob Martell for not making a
penalty call.

"It just mystifies me why this happens in this league,"
Crawford said. "They talk about players not having respect for
players. What about the officials? Should they not have respect for
the leading scorer in the league? When does that come?

"It could have been an obstruction call, it could have been an
elbow call. It could have been anything. Instead, they call
absolutely nothing."

Moore said he was merely finishing his check in a game filled
with physical play.

"I came out of the zone, and the puck looked like it was going
to come out of the neutral zone," the Avalanche rookie said. "I
went right to their guy, and I just finished my check. I didn't
even know who it was.

"I'm certainly not looking to hurt him or anything, just a
clean body check with a shoulder. The refs didn't call a penalty,
and I heard them yelling, 'It was a clean check.' "