Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Digest: Blues' Prospects Have Rough Start at Tourney

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Digest: Blues' Prospects Have Rough Start at Tourney

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Blues' prospects have rough start at tourney

A year ago, in Traverse City, Mich., the Blues' squad scored 20 goals in four games, the most among the eight teams participating in the annual NHL prospects tournament. They're well behind that pace this year, losing their tournament opener 4-1 to the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday at Centre Ice Arena.

The Blues looked sluggish and tentative in the opening period, falling behind 2-0 over the first nine minutes on goals by Carolina's Morgan Geekie and Julien Gauthier against goalie Evan Fitzpatrick. Despite a strong second period, the Blues couldn't solve Hurricanes goalie Jeremy Helvig, a fifth-round pick in the 2016 draft, until the third period.

Defenseman Jake Walman scored the Blues' only goal on a patient cross-ice assist from center Robert Thomas midway through the third during a 4-on-4 situation. The Blues play the Columbus Blue Jackets, a 4-3 winner Friday over the Chicago Blackhawks, at 2:30 p.m. (St. Louis time) on Saturday. (Jim Thomas)

Bruins' Bergeron not fully recovered - Patrice Bergeron and a handful of other Boston Bruins players won't be going to China for a pair of preseason games later this month against the Calgary Flames.

Bergeron is still not 100 percent after offseason groin surgery. Captain Zdeno Chara, who is 41, isn't going to avoid wear and tear, Torey Krug is coming off a broken ankle, forward Noel Acciari had sports hernia surgery and Anders Bjork had shoulder surgery.

Bergeron said he's about 85 percent to 90 percent healthy and hopes to be ready for the start of the regular season Oct. 3. As disappointed as he is to miss the trip, the 33-year-old center knows it's for the best.

"Skating with the guys and being on the ice with them, I would want to push myself more and make sure I'm keeping up with the pace and doing probably too much too early and too soon," Bergeron said. …

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