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Panthers Fall In St. Louis

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Associated Press

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Panthers Fall In St. Louis
Florida Panthers 0, St. Louis Blues 4


ST. LOUIS (AP) -Ben Bishop was having the time of his life for his hometown St. Louis Blues before he felt something strange in the third period.

The St. Louis native made 12 saves before leaving with an undisclosed lower-body injury in the Blues' 4-0 victory over the Florida Panthers Saturday night.

Bishop left the game with 15:27 to play.

"I was going to make one of the saves and something (wasn't right) in my lower body," Bishop said. "It's sad. I felt really good. It's unfortunate."

The former Maine star was replaced by Marek Schwarz, recalled Saturday from Peoria of the AHL after starter Manny Legace strained a hip flexor against Los Angeles on Friday night, and regular backup Chris Mason had an appendectomy last week.

Brad Boyes scored two goals, Paul Kariya had a goal and an assist, Keith Tkachuk also scored and added an assist and Andy McDonald collected three assists to help the Blues snap a two-game losing streak and end Florida's two-game winning streak.

"Right off the bat, we got going," said Boyes, who scored his sixth and seventh goals of the season. "I think the forecheck worked out well, we didn't turn pucks over, shot the puck, the power play got us going good. I think every part of our game was much better than it was last night."

The Blues, who came into the game with a NHL-best 35.5 percent power-play mark, snapped a 2-for-13 slide by scoring on their first two-power play chances. They finished 2-for-7 on the night.

"Full marks to St. Louis," Panthers coach Peter DeBoer said. "They got beat last night at home and we knew we'd see their best game and they took it to us."

 
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The Panthers finished a stretch where they played in Ottawa on Wednesday night, flew home for a game with San Jose on Friday night, then boarded a flight for St. Louis and didn't get in until 2:30 a.m.

"The disappointing part for me is we're on the end of a trip and maybe we didn't have great legs," DeBoer said. "But we've got to figure out how to hang around in games like this even when we're not at out best."

Boyes scored the Blues' first power play goal, his sixth of the season, on a nifty backhand through-the-legs pass from Tkachuk at 15:25 of the opening period.

Tkachuk scored another power-play goal, pouncing on Kariya' slap shot from the left point that squirted through Anderson's pads at 13:56 of the second for a 3-0 lead. It was Tkachuk's NHL-tying eighth goal of the season - seven of which have come on the power play.

The Blues maintained their 2-0 lead after killing off a 5-on-3 Florida power play for a full minute.

The Blues outshot the Panthers 31-17 in the game, a night after being outshot 28-15 by the Kings.

"The difference to me was our level of determination," Blues coach Andy Murray said. "We gave up 17 shots in the game and Florida's been averaging 32.3 shots per game, one of the higher totals in the league."

Notes: The Blues recalled Schwarz after Legace's bizarre injury in which he hurt himself stepping onto the carpet used for Alaska governor Sarah Palin, who was on hand Friday to drop the ceremonial puck. A team spokesman said Legace is listed as day-to-day. ... Blues F David Perron returned to the lineup after being a healthy scratch Friday. They also assigned D Jonus Junland to Peoria. ... The Panthers recalled D Jason Garrison on Saturday from Rochester of the AHL. D Cory Murphy injured his shoulder Friday night against San Jose. F Stephen Weiss sat out the game with an injured groin. Also, D Bryan Allen will have knee surgery Monday and will be sidelined indefinitely.

scoring summary
1st Period
15:25
STL
PPG - Brad Boyes (6) Snap shot - ASST: Keith Tkachuk (1), Andy McDonald (9)
1 - 0 STL
2nd Period
00:36
STL
Paul Kariya (2) Deflected shot - ASST: David Backes (1)
2 - 0 STL
13:56
STL
PPG - Keith Tkachuk (8) Wrist shot - ASST: Paul Kariya (10), Andy McDonald (10)
3 - 0 STL
3rd Period
04:33
STL
Brad Boyes (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Andy McDonald (11), Roman Polak (1)
4 - 0 STL
penalty summary
1st Period
02:08
STL
David Backes  Hooking against  Wade Belak
14:31
FLA
Anthony Stewart  Elbowing against  Steve Wagner
15:51
STL
Roman Polak  Interference against  Brett McLean
2nd Period
05:03
STL
Jay McClement  Tripping against  Nick Boynton
06:04
STL
Dan Hinote  Tripping against  Richard Zednik
13:05
FLA
Nick Boynton  Unsportsmanlike conduct
18:02
FLA
Keith Ballard  Unsportsmanlike conduct
18:02
FLA
Keith Ballard  Slashing against  Cam Janssen
3rd Period
00:41
FLA
Ville Peltonen  Hooking against  Lee Stempniak
10:12
STL
Steve Wagner  Hooking against  Jay Bouwmeester
17:23
FLA
Wade Belak  Roughing against  Cam Janssen
17:23
FLA
Wade Belak  Misconduct (10 min)
19:05
FLA
Keith Ballard  Slashing against  Cam Janssen
19:05
FLA
Keith Ballard  Misconduct (10 min)
19:05
FLA
Keith Ballard  Unsportsmanlike conduct
goalie stats
Craig Anderson
SA: 31TOI: 60:00
Saves: 27EV: 18 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 10
SV%: .871SH: 1 - 1
Ben Bishop
Ben Bishop
1-0-0
SA: 12TOI: 44:33
Saves: 12EV: 10 - 10
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
Marek Schwarz
Marek Schwarz
SA: 5TOI: 15:17
Saves: 5EV: 2 - 2
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
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