6-2 win makes it four in a row for Kings
About 9 minutes into Los Angeles’ 6-2 victory on Sunday night, Scuderi sent Chimera somersaulting face-first into the ice with a classic old-school hip check along the right boards in the
“I don’t care what you call it. It was dirty hit,” Chimera said. “I’ve been hip-checked before, but this wasn’t a hip check at all. It was a direct hit on the knees. I mean, I landed on my face on the ice, and my neck was squished against the ice. I’m lucky I didn’t come out with a concussion or something.
“There’s no room in the game for that. There’s got to be a level of respect out there,” Chimera added. “There are too many guys that are carried out on stretchers because of dirty stuff. (The referees) had no explanation, so I don’t know what they were thinking. When the guy takes your knees out, what are you supposed to do?”
“That’s one of those hits that’s been around for 50 years or longer. We used to see that all the time,” Murray said. “The player skate toward you with his speed and his momentum carries him over your back. It seems that there’s a lot of reaction to hits around the league now, and it was just the same scenario here tonight.”
The incident resulted in a game misconduct for Dorsett and a 10-minute misconduct for Chimera, who had to be restrained by linesman Don Henderson when he tried to get near the
“I thought it was a good hit. The game is played in a split-second. I made a decision and went for it,” Scuderi said. “I don’t really know where I got him, but I’m assuming it was questionable if so many of their guys were up in arms about it. I’ve played 300 games in this league, and I don’t have a reputation as a dirty player. I’m certainly not a dirty player. But one hit can stir it up like that.”
Handzus and Kopitar connected on Los Angeles’ first two shots 49 seconds apart against
Stoll gave the
Vermette, who had a goal and two assists for the
Chimera, who got an assist Vermette’s goal after returning from his misconduct, got a roughing penalty with 3:39 left after knocking Frolov’s helmet off from behind as they converged along the boards in the Columbus zone. Frolov scored on the ensuing power play, beating Mason with a backhander from a sharp angle.
Nash was awarded his penalty shot at 13:16 of the first after he was sent in on a breakaway by
NOTES: Kopitar leads the league with 10 goals and 21 points. … The