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No Plan B: Hitchcock says Jaroslav Halak won’t play in series

May 1, 2012, 12:30 AM EDT

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The St. Louis Blues don’t have a high-end goalie like Jonathan Quick, but they seemingly had a nice thing going with the Jaroslav HalakBrian Elliott one-two punch. With Elliott struggling along with the rest of the team, many Blues fans probably hope that Halak might ride to the rescue, but Ken Hitchcock provided some glum news after Game 2’s stunning loss.

Hitchcock ruled out Halak for the semifinals, so if the Blues are going to come back against the Los Angeles Kings, they’ll have to do it with Elliott or someone else.

It’s wrong to pin all the blame on Elliott because the St. Louis system seems to be collapsing under the Kings’ pressure, but Hitchcock didn’t seem too interested in giving prospect Jake Allen a shot. Many coaches would probably switch goalies out after a 4-0 first period, but Elliott stayed in net and the Blues failed to rebound.

What do you think the Blues should do about their goaltending situation? Do they have any choice but to go with Elliott?

And do they at least slightly regret trading Ben Bishop now?

  1. rodgy10 - May 1, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    Yes, Bishop would be nice to have right now….he almost beat out Elliot in training camp. Blues D needs to step up or it’s lights out.

    • blomfeld - May 1, 2012 at 2:14 AM

      friend … please know that we Kings have nothing against you people …

  2. jkaflagg - May 1, 2012 at 3:40 AM

    Not being able to go to Halak may be as big an issue as losing Pietrangelo……being able to swap two good goalies in and out was a big part of the Blues success this year, but Halak definitely has more playoff cred than Elliot; I’m sure they’d love to get him in there if he was healthy…..

  3. cardsandbluesforever - May 1, 2012 at 3:46 AM

    the losses have nothing to do with goaltending.

    the blues allowed themselves to get out worked, out hustled and out played by the kings. if the team on a whole isnt giving 100% against a team that is giving 100% no goalie can make a difference.

  4. pavelfitzgerald - May 1, 2012 at 8:02 AM

    It’s hard to blame the goaltender when they continue to give up as many shorthanded goals as they have. I’m waiting for Hitch to have a meltdown on the bench

  5. noisetheorem - May 1, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    I don’t think it was a goal tender problem last night. Despite LA taking a *lot* of penalties, the blues just couldn’t do anything with their chances and even gave up a shorty. It was almost like watching the Blackhawks…

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