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Blues down to fourth-string goalie, get past Panthers 4-0

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ST. LOUIS - Former Maine star Ben Bishop made 12 saves in his first NHL start before leaving with an undisclosed lower-body injury in the St. Louis Blues' 4-0 victory over the Florida Panthers on Saturday night.

Bishop, a St. Louis native, left with 15:27 to play. He was replaced by Marek Schwarz, recalled earlier in the day from Peoria of the AHL. Starter Manny Legace missed the game after straining a hip flexor in a loss to 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 Andy McDonald added a pair of assists to help the Blues snap a two-game losing streak and end Florida's two-game winning streak.

The Blues, who came into the game with a NHL-best 35.5 per cent 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.

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.

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

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.

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