Halak continues to rebound from ‘tough’ start

Halak continues to rebound from ‘tough’ start

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St. Louis Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak, of Slovakia, deflects a shot during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, in St. Louis. The Blues won 4-1. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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by Scott Bierman, HockeyStL

HockeyStL

Posted on January 4, 2012 at 12:19 AM

(HockeyStL) -- Much of the talk about the St. Louis Blues has been centered around the emergence of Brian Elliott while secretly Jaroslav Halak has been reversing his unimpressive start to the season.

Halak, who won only one game in his first seven starts this season, has lost only one game in regulation since Davis Payne was fired as the Blues head coach on November 6.

“I had a tough start and obviously it is going to effect your confidence.  I try to work hard...every game I get a chance I try to do my best and most of all I try to have fun out there,” Halak said following a 4-1 victory against the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday.

The Slovakian net minder also believes the early-season coaching change helped him evaluate his performance which in return has led him to a 7-1-5 record and the tenth-best goals against average (2.26) in the league. 

Ken Hitchcock credits Halak for “really giving the team a chance to win” in each of his starts and commended Halak and Elliott for their performances since he arrived to St. Louis in early November.

by Scott Bierman, HockeyStL
 

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