ST. LOUIS, MO - MARCH 29: Jaroslav Halak #41 of the St. Louis Blues makes a save against the Minnesota Wild at the Scottrade Center on March 29, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) By Dilip Vishwanat
St. Louis Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak (41), of Slovakia, makes a glove save as Buffalo Sabres' Cody McCormick (8) looks for the rebound in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, in St. Louis.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam) By Tom Gannam
(HockeyStL) -- It appears that half of the Blues dynamic goalie duo may be down to one for Game 3.
Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports from San Jose that goaltender Jaroslav Halak will not dress for game three of the Stanley Cup Quarterfinals.
Halak left early in game two with what the Blues have labeled as a lower-body injury. Halak was injured early in the second period when Blues defenseman Barret Jackman collided with him to the left of the net. It was clear that Halak was in a significant amount of pain as he remained down on the ice for a lengthy period of time. Halak then proceeded to the dressing room and did not return.
The Blues will call upon Brian Elliott to face the hungry Sharks in game three. Elliott stepped in to replace the injured Halak, and successfully fended off the Sharks’, stopping all 17 shots he faced.
Elliott has played in five career playoff games, including his most recent one on Saturday against the Sharks, posting a .875 save-percentage and a 3.47 goals against average. These stats should be taken with a grain of salt as Elliott’s previous four games were with an Ottawa Senators team that was far inferior to this year’s Blues.
Since Halak will not be ready for Monday’s game, the Blues have called up Peoria Rivermen goaltender Jake Allen under emergency conditions, to backup Elliott on Monday.
The extent of Halak’s injury is unknown, and will remain that way until he is ready to suit back up. It is believed that the injury is an ankle injury, but that has not been confirmed by head coach Ken Hitchcock who said last week that in the playoffs everyone is day-today unless they are dead.
Losing a starting goaltender in the postseason would be a huge blow for most teams, but the Blues are fortunate enough to have All Star Brian Elliott ready to step in and lead the Blues for as long as necessary.