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Blues’ Halak returns, will start soon

Feb 18, 2013, 9:04 AM EDT

DETROIT, MI - FEBRUARY 01: Henrik Zetterberg #40 of the Detroit Red Wings scores on goalie Jaroslav Halak #41 of the St Louis Blues in a NHL game at Joe Louis Arena on February 1, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

The St. Louis Blues earned a 4-3 shootout victory against the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday, but they got some good news before the game even started.

Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak was warming the bench after spending roughly two weeks on the sidelines with a strained groin. He’ll probably play between the pipes on Tuesday or Wednesday, according to the team’s website.

The St. Louis Blues turned to netminder Brian Elliott due to Halak’s injury, but Elliott went on to post an ugly 4.67 GAA and .810 save percentage in five games.

With the Blues in a free fall because of their goaltending woes, St. Louis benched Elliott in favor of 22-year-old goaltender Jake Allen.

Allen wasn’t stunning, but the Blues won three straight with him in net. He also had his moments as you can see below:

It’s worth adding that Halak has already attempted to return from this injury once before. He was activated off of the injured reserve list on Feb. 10 with the hope that he’d play against the Los Angeles Kings the following day. However, he re-aggravated his groin injury during warmups and was forced to miss another week.

  1. bcsteele - Feb 18, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Glad to see our team is close to being back to form and Allen (though looking shaky in that Wings game) has looked pretty sharp. That save from Calgary was sick. Hopefully Halak comes back healthy and we keep this up. Having three good goalies (when Elliot gets his head outta his ass) is a problem every team would love to have.

    On another note, am I the only Blues fan that can’t stand Ian Cole? Per the video above, he gets caught like that ALL THE TIME in my opinion. Put Kris back in the line up and leave Redden in there. I can’t watch him do this anymore!

  2. Subway Conductor - Feb 18, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Shaky? Dude, the guy’s a rookie, playing his first start at the Joe. Get an OT win, then two more wins. Yes, a few ifty goals but a rookie getting three straight against the Wings, Canucks and the Flames? One shoot-out win and one OT win.

    What do you have to do to be called solid?

    • paperlions - Feb 18, 2013 at 9:48 AM

      A shutout or two would be nice. :-)

  3. tridecagon - Feb 18, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    I’m not sure which of those goals last night he was supposed to be able to stop. Another great game by Allen.

  4. drez146 - Feb 18, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    I agree subway, he looked shaky at times, but overall he was solid and made the saves he was supposed to and some he had no business making, so ill take that over Elliot, who knows what his problem is

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