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Blues plan to watch their step vs. Panthers

Florida (4-3-0) at St. Louis (4-3-0) 8:30 pm.

ST. LOUIS (Ticker) -- The St. Louis Blues have vice-presidential

candidate Sarah Palin to thank for a freak injury to star

goaltender Manny Legace. The Blues will look to stay healthy

when they host the Florida Panthers on Saturday.

Palin dropped the ceremonial first puck prior to Friday's game

against the Los Angeles Kings. Her presence proved detrimental

to the Blues, however, as Legace suffered a strained hip flexor

after slipping on the carpet Palin used to walk on the ice.

The netminder started the game but allowed two goals on 12 shots

in the 4-0 loss.

"I went to go step on the ice and the (security guard) says,

'Watch the carpet,'" Legace said. "He had his foot there

holding it, so I figured it would be safe to step on it if he's

holding it and the other end is secure.

"As soon as I went to step down, he took his foot off the

carpet, and the carpet just shot out and my leg kept going, and

my other one was still on the bench. I felt the pull right

away."

Losing Legace for any period of time is a big blow for the

Blues. An All-Star in 2007-08, Legace has posted a 4-2-0 record

with a 2.94 goals-against average this season. Rookie Ben

Bishop replaced Legace on Friday and stopped 15 shots.

St. Louis, which is 2-2-0 on a seven-game homestand, was shut

out for the first time this season.

Meanwhile, the Panthers have won two straight games and are

coming off a win over the red-hot San Jose Sharks. Former St.

Louis left wing Cory Stillman scored a pair of goals and Tomas

Vokoun stopped 47 shots in a 4-3 win on Friday.

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