Halak out for first two games against Kings

St. Louis Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak lies on the ice after teammate Barret Jackman ran into him...

St. Louis Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak lies on the ice after teammate Barret Jackman ran into him during their NHL Western Conference quarterfinal playoff hockey game against the San Jose Sharks in St. Louis, Missouri. April 14, 2012. (REUTERS)

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The layoff between playoff rounds won't be long enough for Jaroslav Halak to get healthy.

The St. Louis Blues goalie won't be available for the first two games of the second-round series against the Los Angeles Kings, the team announced Monday.

Halak has an injured left foot, although the Blues are saying only that he has a lower-body injury.

"Jaro's not going to be around for the first two games, and then we'll see from there," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said.

Halak was hurt April 14 after colliding with teammate Barrett Jackman during Game 2 of the series with the San Jose Sharks.

Brian Elliott filled in admirably in goal, stopping 98 of 103 shots the rest of the way against San Jose for a 1.37 goals-against average and a .951 save percentage.

"(Elliott) has been good for such a long time we just expect it," Hitchcock said. "I don't know why it's a surprise when your body of work the whole year, you look the same every night. I think we're lucky we've got a guy like him."

The Blues ousted the Sharks with a 3-1 win Saturday to take the series in five games.

Sharks forward Joe Pavelski said Elliott was a "difference maker" in the series. "He's a great goalie."

 


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