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Goalie nods: Sens go back to the Hamburglar


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Anderson sits, Hammond starts

After saying Craig Anderson gave his team the best chance to win prior to Tuesday’s 3-1 loss to Boston, Ottawa head coach Dave Cameron flipped the script by announcing Andrew Hammond, not Anderson, would get the start for tonight’s tilt against Montreal.

Hammond — aka “The Hamburglar” — returns to the net after a two-game hiatus, looking to build on his eye-popping numbers: 7-0-1 record, .954 save percentage, 1.43 GAA and two shutouts in nine appearances. His return also comes at a crucial time for Ottawa, as the Sens blew a golden opportunity on Tuesday to close the gap on Boston’s lead in the Eastern Conference playoff chase; they head into tonight’s action seven points back of the B’s, albeit with a game in hand.

For Montreal, Carey Price will get the start in goal.


Bolts at Bruins: Ben Bishop vs. Tuukka Rask (probable)

Oilers at Pens: Ben Scrivens vs. Marc-Andre Fleury

Stars at ‘Canes: Kari Lehtonen vs. Anton Khudobin

Jets at Panthers: Michael Hutchinson vs. Dan Ellis

Jackets at Wings: Sergei Bobrovsky vs. Jimmy Howard

Flyers at Blues: Steve Mason vs. Brian Elliott

Devils at Avs: Cory Schneider vs. Semyon Varlamov (probable)

Kings at Canucks: No confirmed starters for either team.

Blackhawks at Coyotes: Corey Crawford vs. Mike Smith

Preds at Sharks: (No starter for Nashville yet) vs. Antti Niemi

Blues’ Shattenkirk ‘week-to-week’ as he recovers from abdominal surgery

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Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, who has been out of the St. Louis Blues’ lineup since Feb. 1 recovering from abdominal surgery, says he’s now on a week-to-week time frame.

The 26-year-old met the media for the first time on Wednesday and discussed his recovery.

“I guess about a week ago now, the scar tissue released and that kind of spooked me a little bit,” said Shattenkirk per “They say if that happens, just take some time, take a day off, let it rest and it’s going to feel better, and it has. The groin is still something that I need to work on and strengthen, and then once that gets back, hopefully I can jump into real team practices and then get my conditioning back and ready for games.”

Shattenkirk got tangled with Washington Capitals’ forward Alex Ovechkin during the Blues’ 4-3 win.

Tonight, when the Blues host the Flyers, will be his 18th game out of the lineup. St. Louis is 10-6-1 in his absence.

“It was a weird play,” said Shattenkirk. “I just kind of bumped Ovechkin and fell down. I tried to get up, and as I was sliding, my toes seemed to get caught in the ice and open my leg up as my body was still moving. I just felt a pop and instant pain in my belly and in my groin. I knew right away something was really bad. I’ve had little tweaks before, but this one felt instantly like something was wrong.

“That’s the thing, I didn’t really know what to expect, what it could have been. Once they gave the MRI, they showed the MRI and said that it was essentially torn off the bone at both spots on the right side and then on the left side in the ab as well. It was pretty amazing to know that that little play caused so much damage.”

Shattenkirk doesn’t have a specific game targeted for his return, but says the recovery process is on track.

“We’re kind of taking it on a week-to-week basis,” he said. “Thursday, I believe, will be five weeks out. It’s just going by the protocol and following it. I think as I talk to the doctors, and we kind of see how I’m feeling and what next steps we can take, that’s all you can really do. But I’m pushing for the six-week mark and I want to make that mark. But I also want to come back and be 100 percent, and obviously every knows that. I wouldn’t be helping the team out coming back any less than that, I think.”

Shattenkirk had eight goals and 40 points while averaging nearly 23 minutes a night in ice time in 49 games prior to the injury.

Ondrej Pavelec had some interesting things to say after allowing that center-ice goal


Ondrej Pavelec didn’t speak to reporters following last night’s 5-4 loss in St. Louis, a game that was decided after Pavelec — on in relief of Michael Hutchinson — failed to stop Barret Jackman’s innocuous center-ice shot with 63 seconds left.

Today, Pavelec spoke to reporters about the goal, explaining that he “lost the puck in the stands and it went in.”

From there, though, the conversation took a rather curious twist:

Pavelec: Listen, I didn’t play for three weeks, I was sitting on the bench for three weeks, and I just went in and it was 4-1, and I just tried to have fun and enjoy the game. I was happy I was in the game. But obviously, what happened, happened. I’m not the last guy it’ll happen [to], but like I said before, it happened at a bad time.

Reporters: Do you feel like the rest of the game helped your confidence, with how well you played in the second and third?

Pavelec: No. You don’t get confidence in 20 minutes if you didn’t play for three weeks. Obviously you’re not happy you have to go in. You’re losing 4-1, it’s not a situation you want to be in. But, end of the day, you want to play hockey, you want to play the game. I was happy for 20 minutes.

Reporters: You seem a little frustrated.

Pavelec: Now? No… well, everybody would be. I don’t see any players or any goalies that wouldn’t be frustrated if they don’t play. Everybody wants to play. That’s why you play sports, to play the games, not just practice. But it is what it is. We are winning, we are in a battle for the playoffs, so nothing else matters.

Here’s the full audio, if you’d like to have a listen.

And here’s the Jackman goal:

For the record, Pavelec — who hasn’t started game since Feb. 19 — played just under 28 minutes on Tuesday night, stopping 19 of 20 shots for a .950 save percentage (as mentioned in the interview, he did play extremely well before letting in the Jackman goal.)

Looking ahead, it’ll be interesting to see which goalie Jets head coach Paul Maurice goes with for Thursday’s game in Florida: Hutchinson, who allowed four goals on seven shots in St. Louis, or Pavelec.

One thing’s for certain — Maurice already has his mind made up.

Jackman’s center-ice goal deals blow to Jets wild card chase


St. Louis blew a three-goal lead Tuesday night, but Barret Jackman beat Ondrej Pavelec from center ice with just over a minute remaining leading the Blues to a 5-4 win.

“When I threw it in there, I thought [Pavelec] was kind of surveying the play and was just going to grab it and flip it to the side,” said Jackman per’s Lou Korac. “It just kind of floated over the glove. [Pavelec] obviously didn’t get a good look at it.”

Jets head coach Paul Maurice reportedly had just a 47-second scrum post-game.

“It went in. There was nothing magical about it,” said Maurice of the Jackman goal.

The Jets loss coupled with the L.A. Kings win over the Colorado Avalanche leaves Winnipeg with a one-point lead over the Kings for the second wild card spot in the Western Conference.

The Blues (42-19-5) now trail the Nashville Predators by just two points for top spot in the Central Division and have two games in hand.

St. Louis scored four goals on its first seven shots of the game chasing Winnipeg starter Michael Hutchinson.

After Michael Frolik opened the scoring, Jaden Schwartz, Vladimir Tarasenko, Steve Ott and Jori Lehtera all beat Hutchinson.

The Blues STL line of Schwartz, Tarasenko and Lehtera combined for six points in the win. The trio now has 17 points in four games.

Pavelec made 19 saves in the loss.

Andrew Ladd and Lee Stempniak got the Jets’ comeback started scoring twice 11 seconds apart early in the third.

Blake Wheeler scored shorthanded to tie it 4-4.

St. Louis has now won all three meetings between the two clubs. The Blues and Jets meet again March 19 in Winnipeg.

Blues score four, chase Hutchinson


The St. Louis Blues scored four times on seven shots in just over a period and half of action tonight chasing Winnipeg Jets’ starter Michael Hutchinson.

The Blues’ STL line of Jaden Schwartz, Vladimir Tarasenko and Jori Lehtera have combined for six points tonight.

Lehtera’s marker at 11:09 of the second spelled the end of the night for Hutchinson.

Ondrej Pavelec has come on in relief.