St Louis Blues v Los Angeles Kings - Game Three

Blues’ coach Hitchcock says his team ‘unlucky’ in loss to Kings


It wasn’t like they didn’t have their opportunities.

The St. Louis Blues, with a chance to put the defending Stanley Cup champions on the brink of elimination in the first round of the 2013 playoffs, needed two goals Saturday to beat the L.A. Kings.

Instead, the Blues got nothing. The result: a 1-0 loss to the Kings, which cuts the Blues’ lead in this best-of-seven series to 2-1.

Kings’ goalie Jonathan Quick produced a 30-save shutout after placing much of the blame on himself for L.A.’s first two losses this post-season.

“I thought we were more than anything today unlucky — we were unlucky,” Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

“We had a lot of chances, bang-bang plays that went through them out the other side. There are sometimes when the goalie outworks you, he out-battles you, but today, I think were were unlucky.”

Sabres place Lehner on IR; Recall Lieuwen

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They’re just one game into their regular season, but the Buffalo Sabres have already had to shift things around in their crease.

The Sabres announced that they have placed starting goaltender Robin Lehner on injured reserve after he was knocked out of Thursday’s game with a lower-body injury.

In a corresponding move, the club has recalled Nathan Lieuwen from their AHL affiliate in Rochester.

The 24-year-old didn’t play in the NHL last season, but he did have a 1-4-0 record with a 2.98 goals-against-average and a .906 save percentage in seven games during the 2013-14 season.

Lieuwen was Buffalo’s sixth round pick, 167th overall, in the 2011 draft.

The Sabres also announced that they have loaned defenseman Jake McCabe and goaltender Linus Ullmark to the Rochester Americans (AHL).

McCabe was a healthy scratch in Thursday’s game against Ottawa, while Ullmark is being activated off I.R. after having double hip surgery during the off-season.



Chara ‘doubtful’ for game against rival Canadiens

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It looks like the Boston Bruins will be without their captain again on Saturday night.

Head coach Claude Julien told members of the media that Zdeno Chara is considered doubtful for tonight’s game against the Montreal Canadiens.

Chara suffered an upper-body injury during the preseason and he’s already been forced to miss Boston’s season opening loss to the Jets.

Per CSN, Chara says he’s improving but he won’t return to the lineup until he’s as close to 100 percent as possible.

“Every area of the injury is improving,” said Chara. “Hopefully it’s not long before I’m free of any kind of discomfort. That’s what we’re doing right now…we’re being patient. For sure you don’t want to come back, and be half of what you are…and basically hurting yourself and the team. And you’re putting yourself in a position where you could be missing more time. At this time of the season, I think it’s important to be as close as you can be to 100 percent.”

Based on the number of defensive mistakes they committed on Thursday, the Bruins need Chara back as soon as possible: