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Blues’ Halak returns, will start soon

Feb 18, 2013, 9:04 AM EST

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.

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