CHICAGO (AP) -- Brian Boucher, invited to training camp on a
tryout basis, stopped 26 shots to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a
2-0 win over the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night in the exhibition
opener for both teams.
Brian Bochenski and Adrian Aucoin scored for the Blackhawks.
Chicago's top goalie, Nikolai Khabibulin didn't dress. Patrick
Lalime, tabbed for the backup role, is expected to miss three
months following surgery last week to repair a herniated disc.
Boucher or Sebastien Caron will likely back up Khabibulin during
the first half of the season as Lalime recovers.
Bochenski opened the scoring 3:54 in, beating Sanford from the
slot after taking Dave Bolland's centering pass from the corner.
Aucoin made it 2-0 with 3:04 left in the second. His shot from
the blue line slipped between Bacashihua's pads while the teams
were skating 4-on-4.
The Blackhawks' biggest offseason acquisition, right wing Martin
Havlat, was not in the lineup.
Bill Guerin, signed by the Blues as a free agent, played his
first game with St. Louis. Doug Weight, reacquired from the Stanley
Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes, and goalie Manny Legace -- signed
from Detroit -- didn't dress for the game.