Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Blues Tap Farm Team for Energy Transfusion

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Blues Tap Farm Team for Energy Transfusion

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After a humiliating third-period collapse Saturday against the San Jose Sharks, Blues general manager and coach Mike Keenan promised to make some changes.

On Sunday, he kept his promise.

Keenan recalled forwards Ian Laperriere and Dave Roberts, and defensemen Jamie Rivers and Steve Staios from the Blues' American Hockey League affiliate in Worcester, Mass.

Injuries to winger Denis Chasse and defenseman Jeff Norton, and a possible suspension of defenseman Murray Baron necessitated the call-ups, but Keenan may have made the moves anyway to get some new blood into the Blues' stagnant lineup.

"They'll bring a little spark to the lineup; that's what we need," Keenan said Sunday evening. "We'll probably play both of the forwards. The defensemen, I'm not sure if we'll play one or both or neither."

The defensemen were called mainly to cover the Blues in case Norton is unable to play and the National Hockey League bars Baron from playing, both strong possibilities.

Norton suffered a groin injury when his skate got caught in a rut in the third period. Norton lost the puck on the play, and Ulf Dahlen scored San Jose's final goal on an unassisted breakaway at 16:20.

Keenan said Norton is "50-50" for the Blues' game against Los Angeles on Tuesday at Kiel Center.

Baron lost his cool after Jeff Friesen held his stick under his arm with the Sharks on a power play midway through the third period. Baron got the stick free, spun around and hit Friesen on the back of the right knee with a two-handed slash.

Referee Stephen Walkom gave Baron a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct, and the Sharks scored two power play goals - one by Owen Nolan and the other by Andrei Nazarov - to take a 6-3 lead. The NHL may add supplementary discipline.

Chasse wrenched his shoulder in the second period when he tumbled backward against the boards after tripping over a San Jose player.

They could join sniper Brett Hull and defenseman Chris Pronger on the sidelines. Hull is out for at least one more game with a groin injury. Pronger has two games to go on a four-game suspension.

Keenan hopes that the rookies will energize his flagging troops to give them the boost they need to break out of their slump. …

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