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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

St. Louis Blues: T.J. Oshie injures arm in win over San Jose

The St. Louis Blues were able to come away with a big 4-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night at the Scottrade Center thanks to a huge performance from rookie goalie Jake Allen, but may have lost another key part of its arsenal in the process.

Star forward T.J. Oshie left the game in the second period after suffering what looked to be an arm injury.

According to Rotoworld.com, test performed on Oshie's left arm came back negative, but it is unclear at this point how long the 26 year old American will be out of the lineup.

The Blues can not afford for Oshie to miss too much time. The team is just days away from getting Alex Steen back into the lineup and with Andy McDonald still on the shelf.

Oshie is a vital part of the Blues' roster, playing big minutes on the team's top line, which is often called upon to shutdown the opponent's top scoring line. Oshie also is a big part of the Blues' very efficient power play and is often the first person on the ice when the Blues need to kill penalties.

Oshie has just five goals in 25 games this season, but his contributions to this team should not be measured by how many times he finds the back of the net. The Blues have to hope that Oshie's injury is not too serious and that he can be back on the ice sooner rather than later.