ST. LOUIS - St. Louis Blues goalie Manny Legace left after one period Friday night with an injury that might have occurred when he tripped over the carpet placed on the ice for Republican U.S. vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
The Alaska governor dropped the ceremonial first puck before the Blues hosted the Los Angeles Kings. A narrow carpet walkway was placed from the gate at the Blues bench for Palin, her husband and two of her daughters to walk to centre ice.
Just before the ceremony, Legace was the first player onto the ice for St. Louis. A team official pointed to the carpet, but as Legace stepped onto it with his skate, he fell, then gingerly made his way to the crease.
After that, the team official rolled up enough of the carpet so other players wouldn't have to step on it.
Legace played one period, giving up two goals on 12 shots. After the intermission, the team said he suffered a "lower body" injury but did not elaborate. He was replaced by Ben Bishop, making his NHL debut.