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NHL Goalie suffers hip injury after tripping on carpet for Sarah Palin

I wonder how this will effect John McCain's chances in Missouri.

ST. LOUIS -- Blues goalie Manny Legace left after one period Friday night with a hip injury that occurred when he slipped on the carpet placed on the ice for Republican 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 to center ice for Palin, her husband and two of her daughters.

Just before the ceremony, Legace was the first player onto the ice for St. Louis. A team official pointed to the carpet. But Legace said the official moved his own foot from the carpet just as Legace stepped down, causing the carpet to slide.

Legace fell, then gingerly made his way to the crease.

After Legace's mishap, the official rolled up enough of the carpet so other players wouldn't have to step on it.

Legace described the injury as a strained left hip flexor. He doesn't believe it is serious but said it is painful. He said he won't play Saturday when the Blues host Florida, but wasn't sure if he'd miss any additional games.

If you want to see the incident, go to the link at the top of the post.

How long before some Democrat makes hay of what happened? There ought to be a law- No women running for Vice-President can drop ceremonial first pucks. We have to protect goalies and other hockey players from further incident.

You may now turn off your sarcasm detector. Feel free to make your own jokes.


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Comments (9)

Mason is a better goalie th... (Below threshold)

Mason is a better goalie than Legace. Palin did the Blues a favour.

Uh, they roll out that carp... (Below threshold)

Uh, they roll out that carpet for *every* game for whomever is going to be singing the anthem, etc, because--NEWS FLASH TO AP--ice is slippery (I know, I know: you learn something new every day).

That said, even if it was only for Palin, blaming her for someone tripping over a rug when they're skilled enough to do all sorts of amazing things on skates is a bit much, isn't it?

Two negative votes? Didn't ... (Below threshold)

Two negative votes? Didn't figure this blog for a St. Louis Blues fan club.

ECM, I think Bill was kidding.

If anyone wants to see a go... (Below threshold)
Dave W.:

If anyone wants to see a goalie fall down with no carpet in his way check this out from last year's stanley cup finals:


So carpet or no, goalies fall down.

Also don't forget about Erik Johnson (also of the St. Louis Blues) who injured himself in a golfing accident in the offseason on a golf cart. Injuries even happen unrelated to sports. And someone mentioned up top that whoever they put the carpet down for is irrelevant. it's not uncommon for them to have carpet down on the ice. Maybe ol' manny should have been paying attention!

Hyperbolist,While ... (Below threshold)


While I agree with you Legace isn't very good, Mason won't be taking his place. He had an appendectomy recently. Rookie Ben Bishop will be in goal when St. Louis plays Florida tonight.

Bishop is the tallest(6'7) goalie in NHL history. The record books have his weight at 205-210 pounds. Someone feed that goalie some steak!

I watched the game on TV, a... (Below threshold)

I watched the game on TV, and the thing I noticed is that Palin got what seemed like an overwhelmingly positive reaction from the crowd. And we're talking about a group of 10,000+ people who did not self-select for political beliefs, unlike a campaign rally.

The world is coming to an e... (Below threshold)

The world is coming to an end no one BLAMED BUSH!

counting down 5 4 3 2 1

Doug, do you think that hoc... (Below threshold)

Doug, do you think that hockey fans in St. Louis might, just maybe, lean a bit Republican? They are obviously classier people than the lunatics who attend Flyers games, though.

Bill: that's one tall, lanky-ass goalie. I wonder what his style of goaltending is; whether someone 6'7" could be agile enough to play butterfly, specifically. I'm a Habs fan and so I cheer for a short fat kid (Carey Price), who will likely lead his team to a Stanley Cup on their 100th anniversary. Best sports narrative of the year, for sure. :)

hyperbolist, that may be so... (Below threshold)

hyperbolist, that may be so; I don't live in St. Louis so I don't know for sure. But from having followed sports in America for a lot of years (and tracking a bunch of sports blogs), I would be surprised if the number of Republicans in that crowd was wildly out of whack with the general population. And that was my point about the crowd not being self-selected for political beliefs. I'd be stunned if anyone came to the game just to see Palin drop the puck.

I guess I was making an indirect comparison with the reports that Obama drew 100k at a St. Louis rally. Which is pretty impressive. But it also strikes me as impressive if you can go before an audience of more than 10,000 people who didn't come just because of you and get a strongly positive reaction like that.

Or maybe, as you say, folks in St. Louis are just more polite than folks in Philly.






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