St. Louis at Chicago

Blackhawks' Lalime stops Blues; Kane scores twice


CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks may have found a new No. 1 goaltender, at least for the time being.

Patrick Lalime made 32 saves in his second consecutive start in place of Nikolai Khabibulin, and Patrick Kane had two goals and an assist in the Blackhawks' 6-1 win over the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night.

Lalime will start a third time in a row when the Blackhawks play at Colorado on Friday.

"If he keeps winning, he'll keep playing," coach Denis Savard said. "He made some big saves when we needed them. He plays big in goal. He's been there before."

Khabibulin, Chicago's top netminder and highest-paid player, has a seven-game personal losing streak. Lalime was Ottawa's top goalie for four seasons, from 2000-04, and gives the Blackhawks another solid option.

"It's nice to be out there, especially when you get an effort like we did tonight," Lalime said. "I try to do my best when I'm out there and I want to be part of it. My goal is always to give the team a chance to win."

Dustin Byfuglien added a goal and two assists for Chicago, which won its second in a row 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 in a row (0-2-1).

St. Louis starting goalie Manny Legace left after the first period with an injured right arm. Legace had been named to the Western Conference All-Star team last week.

Blues coach Andy Murray said Legace's injury isn't serious and he'll be back in the nets for the St. Louis' next game at home on Saturday against Nashville.

"He's got a bruise and he didn't have the mobility he needed tonight," Murray said.

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.

Schwarz, who had played just 11 minutes with the Blues previously this season, had been recalled from Peoria of the AHL on Monday. The Blues had sent Legace's regular backup, Hannu Toivonen, down to Peoria to get some playing time.

"We didn't expect Marek to play," Murray said. "Tonight, I think we had a lot of people who didn't play at the level we really needed them to."

Schwarz appeared in only his fourth NHL game. Previously, he had played a total of just 71 minutes in the league.

"It wasn't easy, but I should have done much better than I did," Schwarz said. "When I get called up, I'm always ready to play."

Kane, the NHL's leading rookie scorer with 43 points, ended a nine-game skid without a goal.

"Hopefully we can start a little streak here to make up for our losing streak," Kane said. "It was a good all-around team win."

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. Blues trainer Ray Barile attended to goalie on the ice and Legace played the remainder of the period.

On the play, Chicago's Patrick Sharp drove to the net, but was muscled down by Blues defenseman Barret Jackman. Sharp barreled over Legace's right pad and flew headfirst into the net.

Sharp wasn't injured.

Skille opened the scoring at 9:19 of the second. After Chicago's Tuomo Ruutu checked St. Louis defenseman Jay McKee off the puck in the right corner, Skille drove to the net and lofted in a backhand shot.

Bourque made it 2-0 with 4:41 left in the second. His screened shot from left wing beat Schwarz high on the stick side.

Stempniak cut it to 2-1 with 1:19 remaining in the period, converting a rebound of David Backes' shot from left wing. Although he apparently was covered by Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook, Stempniak shoveled in a loose puck after Lalime made a pad save.

Kane made it 3-1 with a power-play goal at 1:02 of the second period. From the inside edge of the right circle, he fired in a one-time shot after taking Byfuglien's cross-ice pass.

Byfuglien made it 4-1 with 7:23 left in the third when his shot deflected in off Bryce Salvador's skate.

St. Louis' Murray pulled Schwarz for an extra attacker with 6:50 left.

Kane scored an empty-net goal with 5:22 left. Schwarz returned after the goal.

Set up by Kane, Perreault completed the scoring with 2:41 remaining.


  • Wisniewski has resumed practicing and may play in the Blackhawks' next game, Friday at Colorado. Williams has resumed skating.
  • St. Louis LW Martin Rucinsky missed his eighth game with a shoulder injury, while Blues RW Mike Johnson underwent season-ending shoulder surgery Wednesday.
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Robert Lang (20) is proud of rookie Patrick Kane, who scores two third-period goals.  (Getty Images)
Robert Lang (20) is proud of rookie Patrick Kane, who scores two third-period goals. (Getty Images)
St. Louis (22-16-6)0101
Chicago  (21-21-4) «0246
Three Stars
P. Kane

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 1
P. Lalime

Saves: 32
Save Pct.: .970
D. Byfuglien

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2

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Scoring Summary
09:19Jack Skille (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Tuomo Ruutu
15:19Rene Bourque (5), Wrist Shot. Assist: Cam Barker, Patrick Sharp
18:41Lee Stempniak (11), Slap Shot. Assist: David Backes, Eric Brewer
01:02Power Play - Patrick Kane (10), Wrist Shot. Assist: Dustin Byfuglien, Brent Seabrook
12:37Dustin Byfuglien (9), Slap Shot. Assist: Jack Skille, Rene Bourque
14:38Patrick Kane (11), Empty Net. Assist: Robert Lang, Brent Seabrook
17:19Yanic Perreault (4), Backhand Shot. Assist: Patrick Kane, Dustin Byfuglien
Penalty Summary
08:53Seabrook, 2 min, Tripping
11:57Mayers, 2 min, Holding
30.0Bourque, 2 min, Hooking
19:41Jackman, 2 min, Hooking
06:55McKee, 2 min, Holding the Stick
08:17Sharp, 2 min, Slashing
18:36Johnson, 2 min, Slashing
20:00McKee, 2 min, Roughing
20:00Dowell, 2 min, Roughing
Shots On Goal
St. Louis4161333
Manny Legace20:0070
Marek Schwarz38:5585
Patrick Lalime59:58321
Game Information
Attendance - 17570
Referees - Brad Meier, Kelly Sutherland
Linesmen - Brad Kovachik, Don Henderson
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