Posted on May 1, 2012 at 4:57 AM
(HockeyStL) -- Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock relayed some bad news to St. Louis Blues fans after Monday’s heartbreaking Blues’ loss to the Kings.
“Jaro (Halak) is out for the series.” He won’t play in the series.”
Halak was injured in a collision with Blues defenseman Barret Jackman in game two of the Western Conference quarterfinals. Brian Elliott has played the last five games, winning three of them, and leading the Blues into the semifinals where the Blues trail the Kings two games to none.
Elliott will now have the goal tending job all to himself for at least this series, and will be backed up by youngster Jake Allen.
Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo was unable to suit up for Monday’s match-up against the Kings after being boarded by Kings player Dwight King in game one.
“He’s day to day. He tried it (Monday), and was still sore,” said Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock.
The injury was initially labeled an upper-body injury, and it was believed to be a concussion, but Hitchcock says that is not the case, and that the injury is actually a lower-body injury. The Blues are hoping that Pietrangelo will be available for Thursday’s game three.
“Hopefully with the full two days off, he’s good to go, unfortunately he couldn’t play today, but we need him back in the lineup.”