Final SO

Series (Game 2 of 4)

Los Angeles leads 3-1

Game 1: Thursday, November 17th
Game 2: Monday, December 19th
Game 3: Monday, March 27th
Game 4: Monday, April 3rd

Kings 4

(21-13-1, 43 pts)

Canucks 3

(20-9-4, 44 pts)

10:00 PM ET, December 19, 2005

Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

1 2 3 SO T
LA 2 1 0 14
VAN 2 1 0 03

Top Skaters

Los Angeles: C. Conroy - 1 G, 1 A, 2 SOG, +1

Vancouver: D. Sedin - 1 G, 1 A, 2 SOG, +1

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.

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