Blues goalie Sanford out 6-8 weeks with pulled groin

Updated: December 3, 2006, 2:09 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- Blues goalie Curtis Sanford will be sidelined six to eight weeks with a pulled groin, the team said Sunday.

 Curtis Sanford

Jason Bacashihua was recalled from Peoria, Ill., of the AHL.

Sanford, the backup goalie behind Manny Legace, had to be helped off the ice early in the first period in Chicago on Friday after a play that led to the game's first goal. After moving to stop a shot that was wide, Sanford crumpled to the ice and Jeff Hamilton had an easy tap-in with the rebound.

Sanford, the starter in 2005-06 before a season-ending knee injury in March, is 2-5-2 in 12 games with a 2.93 goals-against average. He missed three games in November with a groin strain.

Bacashihua, 24, has appeared in two games with one start. On Nov. 17 he stopped 40 of 44 shots in a 4-2 loss to the Canucks. In eight games with Peoria, Bacashihua is 1-5-1 with a 3.89 goals-against average and .860 save percentage.

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