Legace, Blues seek to end five-game skid vs. Sabres

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St. Louis (5-7-1) at Boston (8-3-3) 7:00 pm. EST

BUFFALO, New York (Ticker) -- Manny Legace looks to shake off

the rust and help the St. Louis Blues snap a five-game losing

streak against the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday.

Legace was not sharp in his first game since October 24 on

Saturday and the Blues suffered a 5-3 setback to the Los Angeles

Kings. A first-time All-Star last season, Legace stopped 27

shots, but allowed three power-play goals.

The star goaltender suffered a strained hip flexor last month

when he slipped and fell on a carpet for vice-presidential

candidate Sarah Palin during a pre-game ceremony.

The Blues hope he can round back into form and help them end an

0-4-1 slide. It is St. Louis' longest losing streak since going

0-4-2 from May 5-15 of last season. Legace has had success

against the Sabres, going 3-0-0 with a 2.92 goal-against average

in four games vs. Buffalo.

Legace and the Blues will have to try to slow down Thomas Vanek,

who leads the league with 12 goals.

Vanek and the Sabres look to bounce back from their first

regulation loss of the season. Buffalo allowed three unanswered

goals in a 3-1 loss to Boston Saturday. It was the second

straight setback for the Sabres, who fell, 5-4, in overtime to

Atlanta the previous night.

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