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Halak ruled out

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This article was published 15/4/2012 (2838 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Star goalie Jaroslav Halak will miss Game 3 of the St. Louis Blues first-round series against the San Jose Sharks because of a lower-body injury.

Coach Ken Hitchcock ruled Halak out of tonight's game in San Jose because of the hard hit he took from teammate Barret Jackman in the second period Saturday night in a St. Louis' 3-0 win that tied the series at a game apiece.

Halak, who stopped 43 of 46 shots in one-plus game, will be replaced by Brian Elliott, who made 17 saves in relief in Game 2. There figures to be little, if any, dropoff with the change as the Blues regularly rotated the two goaltenders on the way to setting a record by allowing just 155 goals in an 82-game season.

Elliott led the league with a 1.56 goals-against average and shut out the Sharks once in the regular season.

"That's kind of the cornerstone of our team," Blues defenceman Kris Russell said. "Both those guys have been outstanding all year. They play hard, they're competitive. When they're playing they are usually at their best. It's tough to see a guy like Halak get hurt like that. It's great when you see Ells come in and step in and play such a huge role in that game."

— The Associated Press

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