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After Legace injury, Crombeen leads Blues against Kings

St. Louis (12-12-3) at Los Angeles (11-12-4) 10:30 p.m. EST

LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- The St. Louis Blues may be without

starting goaltender Manny Legace when they face the Los Angeles

Kings on Thursday. Good thing they have B.J. Crombeen.

The 23-year-old right wing, Crombeen scored for the fifth time

in three games and Brad Boyes added a power-play tally for the

Blues on Wednesday, but it was not enough as the team's two-game

winning streak came to an end with a 4-2 setback against the

Anaheim Ducks.

After recording a hat trick in St. Louis' 6-3 win over the

Nashville Predators on Monday, Crombeen opened the scoring

against the Ducks with 7:31 left in the first period by firing a

wrist shot from the right faceoff circle past goalie

Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

Legace suffered an undisclosed injury moments before

surrendering the game-tying goal by George Parros 56 seconds

later. Legace stopped Bobby Ryan's initial shot from the right

circle but appeared to injure his leg while scrambling to gain

possession of the rebound, which Parros collected in front of

the net and buried.

Ducks center Ryan Carter then skated across the crease while

celebrating the tally and inadvertently collided with Legace's


Legace was helped off the ice in obvious pain and was replaced

by Chris Mason, who turned aside 22 shots.

The Kings are coming off a 6-1 rout against the Colorado

Avalanche on Tuesday, falling to 1-3-1 in their last five games

following a pair of regulation victories.



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