Legace hurt in Blues' 6-1 loss
Thursday, January 17, 2008
CHICAGO -- Rookie Patrick Kane had two goals and an assist, and Patrick Lalime made 32 saves in the Chicago Blackhawks' 6-1 win over the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night.
Dustin Byfuglien had a goal and two assists for Chicago, which won its second straight following an eight-game (0-6-2) losing streak. Jack Skille, Rene Bourque and Yanic Perreault also scored for the Blackhawks.
Lee Stempniak scored for the Blues, who lost their third straight (0-2-1).
St. Louis starting goalie Manny Legace left after the first period with an injured right arm. He was named to the Western Conference All-Star team last week.
Legace stopped all seven shots he faced in the first, including several tough chances. Marek Schwarz replaced him to start the second and made only eight saves.
Lalime, Chicago's backup, started his second straight game. Nikolai Khabibulin, Chicago's top netminder and highest-paid player, has a seven-game personal losing streak.
Kane, the NHL's leading rookie scorer with 43 points, ended a nine-game skid without a goal.
The Blackhawks played without seven regulars: defenseman James Wisniewski (knee) and forwards Jonathan Toews (knee), Jason Williams (groin), Kevyn Adams (knee), Dave Bolland (broken finger), Ben Eager (concussion) and Martin Lapointe (flu).
Legace stopped Chicago's Robert Lang three times in the first period, including with a diving glove save just 1:42 in.
Legace suffered his injury with 4:38 left in the first.