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Bad season gets worse: Blues' Lalime has torn ACL

ST. LOUIS -- A rocky season for goaltender Patrick
Lalime has come to a painful end.

The St. Louis Blues announced Monday that an MRI confirmed
that Lalime has a torn left ACL that will require
reconstructive surgery.

Lalime, 31, suffered the injury after Scott Hartnell of the
Nashville Predators fell on him in the third period of
Saturday's game.

It has been a miserable season for Lalime and the Blues, who
own the worst record (20-40-13) in the Western Conference.
Lalime finished 4-18-8 with a 3.64 goals-against average.

An All-Star in 2002-03, Lalime was waived by the Blues last
Dec. 12 and assigned to Peoria of the American Hockey League
the next day. He was recalled on Feb. 1.

Lalime, who was acquired by St. Louis from Ottawa for a
conditional fourth-round pick in June 2004, was 25-23-7
with a goals-against average of 2.29 in 2003-04.