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For the Week of 10/27/08
Manny Legace - St Louis Blues
Legace failted to heed warnings about the special red carpet that was being rolled out for Vice Presidential hopeful Sarah Palin at last Friday night's Blues game agsint the visiting Los Angeles Kings. The hockey mom turned politico was in St Louis to drop the ceremonial first puck, which is typically accompanied by a carpet because the VIP dropping the puck rarely has skates on.

As the first person on the ice before the puck drop, Legace landed on the carpet after hopping from the Blues bench. He lost his footing and fell, before gingerly skating to the goal crease.

The netminder lasted a period before bowing out to what he's described as a strained hip-flexor.

"I went to go step on the ice and the (Scottrade Center security) guy goes, 'Watch the carpet,' and he had his foot there holding it, so I figured it would be safe to step on," Legace said. "If he's holding it and I figured the other end's pretty much secure, I was just worrying about the carpet slipping (forward). As soon as I went to step down, he took his foot off the carpet. As soon as I stepped on the carpet, the carpet just shot out and my leg kept going and my other one was still on the bench. I felt it pull right away."

Legace missed the Blues game on Saturday, and isn't expected back on the ice for at least a week.

It'll be hard to ever top "strained hip-flexor, incurred by carpet". In fact we think any future injury that Legace sustains in his career will Palin comparison.

As for Palin's role in the whole thing?

"She's been pretty good for our game," Legace said. "I'm starting to like her more and more. No grudge."

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