ST. LOUIS -- Despite losing Scott Nichol and Carlo Colaiacovo and having a goal waved off, the St. Louis Blues found a way to pull out a win against a good road team. David Backes scored twice, Jaroslav Halak stopped 20 shots, and the Blues beat the Florida Panthers 4-1 on Thursday night. The Blues lost Nichol after he was ejected for spearing, and Colaiacovo went out with a hamstring injury in the first period. The Blues had a goal disallowed in the second period, but none of it mattered. "I thought we really grabbed the game in the third period," new coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We played really well and with a sense of discipline. It was a hard game. "We did a number and a job were supposed to do, and we did it at home. Now weve got to take it on the road. Its whether we can take this same type of intensity and effort onto the road. Thats the next challenge facing us." Chris Porter had his first goal of the season, and Kris Russell added his second with St. Louis. The finished a 4-0-1 homestand under Hitchcock, who is off to the best start in club history. Leo Boivin (1976) and Jacques Demers (1984) both started 4-1. "Whenever you lose one guy, let alone two, we did a great job of sticking together," Porter said. "Everybody was ready when they were called on. We just rolled them over." The Panthers, who lead the NHL with seven road wins, had their four-game, road-winning streak snapped. They got a goal from Mike Santorelli and 27 saves from Jose Theodore. "Weve had numerous times this year where weve settled down after bad stretches, and we didnt do that tonight," Panthers coach Kevin Dineen said. "In the third period, I think they were a very hungry team. They smelled that we were trying to find an easier way to win than weve shown this year and that doesnt happen for a team." The Blues lost Nichol, who was called for spearing Tomas Kopecky, and Colaiacovo on the same play. Hitchcock said the defenceman would be re-evaluated on Friday. "I would prefer that I would not comment on that at this time," Hitchcock said of Nichols penalty. "Well just let the process take care of itself. "Ive bought a lot of boats and trailers since Ive come into the league, and I prefer not to go down that path again." Two turnovers led to a pair of first-period goals. Backes beat Theodore with a shot from the slot 6:04 in after picking off Brian Campbells outlet pass. Santorelli turned Jason Arnotts turnover into a goal for the Panthers, picking off the veterans outlet pass himself and beating Halak from the left circle with a quick snap shot at 13:07. St. Louis took the lead when Porter caught Theodore by surprise with a shot that went through his legs 5:48 into the second period. "It was a fortunate bounce. It bounced through a few of their defencemen," Porter said. "I was just trying to get it on net. Nothing fancy. My games not fancy. I just caught (Theodore) off-guard, I guess." The Blues thought they had grabbed a 3-1 lead on T.J. Oshies shot, but the goal was waved off for goaltender interference when Oshie and Floridas Jason Garrison got their skates tangled up on Barret Jackmans shot. St. Louis went ahead 3-1 at 9:46 of the third when Russell finished off Vladimir Sobotkas crafty backhand feed at the left post. "(Sobotka) froze that goalie on a great play," Russell said. "When a guy makes an effort like that, its good when you can bury it for him." Backes added an empty-netter with 1:50 to play after Florida pulled Theodore with 2:17 remaining. "We just seemed to never get going here," Panthers defenceman Ed Jovanovski said. "Just one of those nights where you feel like youre on your heels for the majority of the night." NOTES: C Stephen Weiss, LW Tomas Fleischmann and RW Kris Versteeg, who play on the Panthers top line, have accounted for 52 points this season. They were shut out Thursday. ... Oshie played in his 200th career game. ... Blues D Kevin Shattenkirk had a four-game point streak snapped. He has points in seven of 10 games. ... Panthers C Marcel Goc was a late scratch because of an upper body injury. jerseys nfl cheap for sale
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. Kevin Reynolds started the second day of the team event finishing second in the mens free skate before Kaetlyn Osmond finished fifth in the ladies free skate. MIAMI -- LeBron James caught an alley-oop flip from Dwyane Wade on a fast break, threw down a dunk and then headed up court with his arms spread like some superhero. James can look the part, whether hes wearing a clear mask or a black one. Switching to a clear protective cover at the NBAs request, James had 20 points, nine rebounds and seven assists Saturday to help the Miami Heat earn their seventh consecutive victory by beating the Orlando Magic 112-98. James dispensed with the black mask he wore Thursday when playing for the first time since he broke his nose. "He was a clear-mask guy tonight," teammate Chris Bosh said. "He was just a regular dude, a regular citizen of Gotham." Wade scored 24 points and Bosh 20 for the Heat, who shot 58 per cent. Eleven players scored for the Heat, and their bench totalled 39 points. James said league officials wanted him to wear something that would allow opponents to see his face. The newer mask seemed to bother James more than the black one did, and he frequently took it off when the clock was stopped. "Its not comfortable," he said. "Having something on your face isnt comfortable, but it is what it is." While the mask was a nuisance and James nose remained tender, neither hindered his performance. "Its another challenge for a great player," coach Erik Spoelstra said. "His game is an aggressive, attacking game, and theres going to be contact. But coming off the injury, he has been as aggressive as he was before." James streak of five consecutive games with more than 30 points came to an end, but he took just 12 shots and played only 31 minutes. "When you come out and take care of business, thats a reward," he said. After sitting out a week because of his broken nose, he avoided another injury when he went stumbling into the third row after making a fast-break layup and settled in an unoccupied seat. The Heat improved to 10-1 since Feb. 1, and theyve won their past four games by an average of 19 points. "Defensiively were flying around and were communicating," James said.dddddddddddd "And offensively, obviously were playing at a high level." The Heat completed a sweep of the four-game season series against their in-state rivals. "Theyre an efficient team, the most efficient team in the NBA," Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said. "Thats done with LeBron setting up people, and youre getting shots that you want. Youre not rushing." The game was the first for the last-place Magic since they broke a 16-game road losing streak at Philadelphia on Wednesday. Tobias Harris led Orlando with 20 points, and Nikola Vucevic added 18. With the Heat taking the lead for good early in the second quarter, Bosh played only 18 minutes, his lowest total since Nov. 16. "I got a bunch of night-off jokes tonight," Bosh said. "I enjoyed it. Guys filled in and did their job." Among the contributors off the bench was Greg Oden, playing his 11th game after being sidelined by knee trouble for 3 1/2 years. He went 3 for 3 for eight points with four rebounds in 13 minutes. "Im happy to be on the team," Oden said. "When I get a chance to play, I just dont want to mess up." Heat guard Mario Chalmers had the highlight play of the first half, fetching a loose ball while seated at midcourt with his back to his basket, then flipping a pass over his shoulder to James to set up a fast-break basket. The Heat also got to the rim often out of their half-court offence. "They do a good job moving the ball, driving, kicking," Vucevic said. "They make plays for each other. Theyre very unselfish." NOTES: Orlandos Arron Afflalo missed his fourth consecutive game. He was out with a sprained ankle and is now recovering from a brief illness. ... At 42-14, the Heat have tied their best start through 56 games. They had the same record a year ago, when they went on to win their second consecutive NBA title. ... The Heat improved to 15-0 at home when leading at halftime. ' ' '