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Jimmy Roberts, the original St. Louis Blue, passes away at 75

The St. Louis Blues released the following statement regarding Jimmy Roberts, who died of cancer at age 75:

“The St. Louis Blues and the Blues Alumni organization are deeply saddened by the passing of the original Blue Jimmy Roberts. Jimmy was the franchise’s first-ever draft pick and was instrumental in building the foundation of Blues hockey as a player and upholding its tradition as an alumnus. His tireless contributions to St. Louis, the Blues and the game of hockey as a whole will forever live as an example for future generations to follow. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Judy, and their two daughters.”

Roberts was obviously a huge part of the Blues organization, yet he also enjoyed success elsewhere.

He won five Stanley Cups with the Montreal Canadiens, and as you can see from the video above, also made an impact as a coach.

The hockey world mourned his loss on Friday. Here are some remembrances.

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    No Brian Boyle for Bolts on Friday

    Brian Boyle

    The Winnipeg Jets can be a real handful to deal with – especially when big Dustin Byfuglien gets rolling (just ask Jay Bouwmeester) – so the Tampa Bay Lightning might miss Brian Boyle a bit more than usual.

    The hulking center is out with … well, the Lightning aren’t even saying which half of his body is hurt.

    Boyle is considered day-to-day with that undisclosed injury.

    If the day-to-day label didn’t make it clear (and sometimes that doesn’t), it appears as though this is a mostly minor issue for Boyle.

    This is what the Lightning’s forward lines look like to start things off.

    Brad Richards out with injury; Red Wings search for answers

    Brad Richards
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    The Detroit Red Wings and Calgary Flames may share a mutual feeling of disillusion, at least coming into Friday’s game.

    The Red Wings will seek to find themselves with Brad Richards out of the mix. That injury – some call it a back issue, while the team stays hockey vague – isn’t the only reason Detroit is shuffling up its lines.

    Still, it likely doesn’t help matters.

    There are all sorts of alterations to both forward and defense mixes, including Dylan Larkin making way for Gustav Nyquist alongside Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader. Mike Green pairs up with Niklas Kronwall, as well.

    MLive.com presents the full mix here, if you’re interested.

    Disappointment can be spread pretty far and wide in Detroit so far, yet the veteran additions shouldn’t get off the hook. In six games, Richards only has two assists and Green has just one.

    Voluntary or not, a little rest might be good for Richards.

    Jason Demers suspended two games for elbowing Nick Bonino


    The NHL suspended Dallas Stars defenseman Jason Demers two games for his elbow on Pittsburgh Penguins forward Nick Bonino.

    The league explained that many “counter-hits” are OK, and that sometimes a penalty is sufficient punishment when such measures go over the line. However, the NHL believes that Demers deserves a suspension because he used his elbow recklessly and forcefully.

    The contact happened during the Stars’ eventual win against the Penguins on Thursday. Losing two games of pay costs Demers $36,559.14.

    He received a major and game misconduct during the game itself.

    Bonino appears to be OK.

    Ovechkin’s latest game-winner guides Caps by Canucks

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    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Alex Ovechkin broke a tie with 4:55 left and the Washington Capitals beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 on Thursday night for their fourth straight victory.

    Jay Beagle pulled Washington even at 5:42 of the third, and Ovechkin won it with his fifth goal of the season.

    Jason Chimera scored in the first for the Capitals, but Radim Vrbata and Henrik Sedin each had a goal and an assist in the second for Vancouver.

    Washington’s Braden Holtby made 23 saves. He stopped Daniel Sedin on a 2-on-1 midway through the third and made a save against Bo Horvat with less than 7 minutes left.

    Washington is 5-1-0 and has beaten Chicago, Carolina and Calgary on its streak.

    Vancouver lost its third straight, including a 2-1 overtime loss to Edmonton last time out, to fall to 3-2-2.

    Ryan Miller stopped 32 shots for Vancouver.

    Ovechkin scored the winner on a fluttering one-timer off the crossbar following a 2-on-1. It was his fifth goal in his five games – he sat out Washington’s lone loss against San Jose after he overslept and missed a practice.

    The Capitals tied it when Vrbata gave the puck away behind his own net, with Beagle eventually tipping John Carlson‘s point shot past Miller.

    Vrbata was pointless through six games but skated alongside the superstar Sedin twins for the first time this season. He was rewarded for going to the net at 4:14 of the second when Henrik Sedin’s centering pass went in off Vrbata’s skate.

    Vrbata had 31 goals and 32 assists while playing with the Sedins for most of 2014-15, but had struggled to find chemistry on the second line with Horvat early this season.

    The Canucks grabbed the lead with 5:59 left in the period on the man advantage when Henrik Sedin took a pass from his brother at the side of the net and squeezed a shot between Holtby and the near post for his second of the season. Vancouver’s power play had been 1 for 22 this season, and the goal was the first for the top unit.

    Ovechkin nearly made it 2-0 in the first, but was robbed by Miller on a 2-on-1. The goal judge at Rogers Arena was fooled initially, but it was ruled a save.

    Notes: Washington visits the Edmonton Oilers on Friday. … Vancouver hosts the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.