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(Sports Network) - It's quite apparent that the St. Louis Blues have been a vastly improved hockey club since the middle of December, and little doubt that the play of goaltender Manny Legace has been a big reason for that turnaround.

St. Louis is 14-5-2 over its last 21 games, with Legace having started 18 of those contests. The eight-year veteran, one of the Blues' key free-agent signees during the offseason, has been stellar during that stretch, posting a 2.08 goals against average and a .930 save percentage in those 18 outings.

That heavy workload had appeared to take its toll on Legace, who yielded eight goals in back-to-back losses to Minnesota and his former club, the Detroit Red Wings, last week. However, the 34-year-old rebounded with another fine performance when St. Louis hosted the formidable Dallas Stars last Saturday.

Legace turned back all 22 Dallas shots he faced, including a crucial stop of the dangerous Mike Modano on a breakaway try early in the third period, to lead the Blues to a much-needed 2-0 victory. It was his fourth shutout since December 30.

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