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Kings get pair of hat tricks, beat Blue Jackets 8-2

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Los Angeles Kings were concerned about
being shown up. The Columbus Blue Jackets should have been the
worried ones.

Alexander Frolov scored three goals in the opening 12:35 -- on a
power play, at even strength and short-handed -- and Craig Conroy
also had a hat trick to lead the Kings to an 8-2 victory on Sunday.

"I'd probably live a few years longer if we had more of them,"
Kings coach Andy Murray said of the lopsided win. "We knew it was
imperative to get off to a good start and we certainly had some
jump in our step. We were skating. We are afraid of being
embarrassed here if we didn't play hard."

Conroy added two assists and Frolov had one. Eric Belanger and
Michael Cammalleri also scored goals for the Kings, who have earned
points in four straight games and six of seven.

Conroy's five points, Frolov's four and Pavol Demitra's four
assists -- all in the first period -- were career highs for each of
the linemates.

It was Frolov's first career hat trick, coming in a span of 8:18
in the opening period as Los Angeles rolled to a 5-0 lead.

"It was a great game for our team," Frolov said. "It doesn't
happen very often -- we're just really excited about it, especially
our line."

Conroy had three goals in a game for the second time in his
career.

"Tonight, things were going in," he said. "We've had games
where we've had a lot of chances and we've gotten one goal. ... Pav
made some great passes to Fro. We got one on the power play. You
start to feel good about yourself and you want to just keep it
going."

The Blue Jackets' Todd Marchant scored his third goal in three
games and Jason Chimera also had a goal.

"It was an awful night," Columbus coach Gerard Gallant said.
"It was a long game and it was basically over five minutes into it
when it was 3-0."

The Kings came in with the third-best record in the Western
Conference, while the Blue Jackets were next-to-last and had scored
fewer goals (32) than any NHL team. Columbus has lost six of seven
and continues to founder without leading scorer Rick Nash, out
until mid-December with a sprained knee.

After a turnover by Marchant, Frolov made it 2-0 on a one-timer
off a drop pass from Demitra at 4:17.

With the Kings on a power play, Demitra tossed a cross-ice pass
to Conroy. His shot hit the skate of defenseman Radoslav Suchy and
bounced to Frolov, who one-timed the puck past goaltender Martin
Prusek.

That gave the Kings a 3-0 lead on only five shots.

Frolov finished his hat trick on a short-handed rush, deking
Marc Denis, who replaced Prusek after the third goal. Frolov scored
on a backhander at 12:35. Kings goaltender Mathieu Garon, who made
27 saves, picked up an assist.

The Kings took a 1-0 lead 1:35 in on Conroy's soft shot from the
left hash, assisted by Demitra and Frolov. Los Angeles' fifth goal
of the opening period was also short-handed, with Conroy scoring
his second off an assist from Demitra on a 2-on-1.

"We played great, especially for the first 20 minutes. Probably
one of the best 20 minutes we've played thus far," Demitra said.
"All the four lines had jump and we had a lot of chances and we
totally dominated the game. It's fun to play games like this and
score a lot of goals."

The five goals in the period matched the most given up by the
Blue Jackets in franchise history, tying the mark set by the Kings
in a 7-1 victory early in 2001.

Conroy's third goal came on a nifty move in open ice as he
skated sideways. He got the puck after it bounced off defenseman
Bryan Berard and then rocketed it past Denis.

Game notes
The Kings are 9-5-4 in the series. ... Detroit's Jason
Williams scored three goals in 10:48 of the first period in a 6-0
win at Columbus on Oct. 22. ... Columbus had not given up a
short-handed goal in its first 17 games before giving up two in a
span of 5:13 in the opening period.