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Blues keep rolling with another Halak shutout

Jan 19, 2012, 11:42 PM EDT

Brian Elliott received a well-deserved All-Star nod and contract extension, but he might not even be the St. Louis Blues’ No. 1 goalie for much longer.

Jaroslav Halak is red-hot right now, although you’d be silly to ignore the suffocating St. Louis system when lauding his work. He’s now working on a two-game shutout streak after blanking the Dallas Stars (22 saves) on Monday and handing the Edmonton Oilers a 1-0 goose egg (15 stops) tonight.

That’s impressive work and it only gets better when you consider the fact that Halak has three shutouts in his last four games. Halak hasn’t lost a regulation game since Nov. 22, going 10-0-3 since that defeat.

Yup, he’s on a roll, but his teammates and Ken Hitchcock deserve a huge “assist.” The Blues jumped back to first place in the Western Conference and Central Division, but much like their game-to-game triumphs, there isn’t much breathing room between St. Louis and its rivals.

Check out highlights from the game in which Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 37 out of 38 shots but still lost:

If the Blues have any reason to be a little anxious even amid their great successes, Jeremy Rutherford provides it with this jaw-dropping Tweet:

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So, should this be proof that the Blues are for real or concern that they can’t finish opponents off?

  1. danphipps01 - Jan 20, 2012 at 4:14 AM

    Problem: ultra-defensive, low-scoring teams are rarely Cup winners. When you’re pinned in a best-of-7 series with a much higher-scoring team, one more prototypical of a potential winner (Wings, Bruins, Canucks, Rangers, Blackhawks), you have to be able to bring your own offense to a high level to trade blows evenly. New Jersey popularized the trap back in the day, but people forget they led the League in overall scoring in at least one year they won the Cup. To answer your question, then, they can’t finish opponents off. If they can sign a strong scorer or two (Zach who? Bobby what?) to add a better offensive edge, though… watch out. They’re very close.

  2. scygan - Jan 20, 2012 at 8:03 AM

    hopefully the offense picks up when steen and mcdonald come back
    from injury.

  3. cardsandbluesforever - Jan 20, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    it looks like somebody didnt actually watch the game. the way the blues came out in the 1st period they were getting tremedous scoring chances. Khabibulin stood on his head the entire game. a lesser goalie wouldve been sunburned by the end of the first, and Khabibulin made some of those saves by the skin of his teeth. it couldve very easily been 4-0 by the end of the 1st period.
    the main thing im seeing is lack of production on the power play. when you get 5 on 3 or 4 on 3 power plays you HAVE to convert! our power play was clicking pretty nicely earlier this month, hopefully Hitchcock is working on that before saturdays game with the bruins.

  4. pavelfitzgerald - Jan 20, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Altho St. Louis is playing well, I’d be concerned that they outshot their opponents by 64 shots, yet they only have one more goal during that time. Hopefully the return of Alex Steen helps with their goal scoring

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