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.

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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.