Elliott shines after Blues pull Halak

Elliott shines after Blues pull Halak

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St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock (L) poses with his trophy, the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's best coach, while goaltenders Jaroslav Halak (41) and Brian Elliott, stand with their William Jennings Trophy as the goaltenders on the team allowing the fewest goals during the 2011-12 regular season, before their game against the Detroit Red Wings at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on January 19, 2013. Also Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong stands with his award, for being voted the best General Manager in the NHL. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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by Scott Bierman / HockeyStL

KMOV.com

Posted on January 21, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 14 at 12:34 PM

(HockeyStL) -- It wasn’t the game the Blues, or goalie Jaroslav Halak, wanted coming off a 14-save shutout against the Red Wings on Saturday.

Halak was pulled in the second period when the Predators took a 3-2 lead after stopping only eight of the eleven shots faced.  Two of the goals came on Predators power play attempts.

It marked the first time Halak had been taken out of a game since February 9, 2012.  He surrendered three goals on 12 shots faced in a 4-3 shootout victory against the Devils.

Similar to that game, Elliott entered midway through and shut down the opposing offense immediately.  He stopped all 13 shots faced and both of the Predators shootout attempts.

It was already determined prior to the game that Elliott will start against the Blackhawks on Tuesday night.

The unsuccessful night for Halak against the Predators was unfamiliar territory for the Czechoslovakian goalie.  He entered Monday’s game with a career 1.71 goals-against average, .934 save percentage and three shutouts in 13 games against the Predators.

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