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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Blues Lose Top Goalie For Playoffs

COMBINED REPORTS


TORONTO -- St. Louis Blues goaltender Grant Fuhr will miss the remainder of the Stanley Cup playoffs after suffering a torn ligament in his right knee during a 5-4 overtime loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.


In Thursday's other National Hockey League playoff games, Tampa Bay surprised Philadelphia 2-1, Montreal won 5-3 to take a commanding lead over the New York Rangers, and Vancouver upset the Colorado Avalanche, 5-4.


Brian Bellows' goal at 9:05 of overtime gave the Lightning a 2-1 victory over the Flyers and evened their best-of-seven series at one game apiece. The Flyers lost 51-goal scorer John LeClair to a knee injury.


Vincent Damphousse scored two goals, including the go-ahead score with 3:26 left that helped the Canadiens beat the Rangers for a 2-0 lead in their series.


St Louis defenseman Chris Pronger cross-checked Toronto winger Nick Kypreos into Fuhr with 12:22 left in the first period.


"Grant's finished for the year," Blues coach Mike Keenan said. "The supervisor of officials, John D'Amico, came in and said there was zero tolerance for contact with goaltenders. We saw a great deal of inconsistency as far as that was concerned."


"Pronger's back check drove me into Fuhr," Kypreos said. "I guess that's what transpired. At this time of year, you've got to be really careful and obviously he took a chance."


Fuhr stayed in the game briefly, but was forced to leave with 10:44 left in the period. Fuhr, who set an NHL record by starting the Blues' first 76 games, was replaced by Jon Casey.


Corey Hirsch, a 23-year-old rookie making his first playoff start, gave up three first-period goals but settled down for the final 50 minutes as the Canucks evened their series. ()