December 20, 2014

Halak out; Elliott in for game three at San Jose (AUDIO)

St. Louis Blues David Perron congratulates goaltender Brian Elliott after a 3-0 win over the San Jose Sharks. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Blues coach Ken Hitchcock ruled out injured goaltender Jaroslav Halak for Game 3 Monday night of their Western Conference Quarterfinals series against the San Jose Sharks and will go with Brian Elliott.

Halak suffered a lower-body injury early in the second period of the Blues’ 3-0 win against San Jose on Saturday night when St. Louis defenseman Barret Jackman collided with him near the crease. Elliott took over and completed the shutout making 17 saves. Before getting injured, Halak made 12 saves. He took the double overtime loss in game two.

While Elliott was the backup this year, he played better than Halak and even earned a trip to the NHL All-Star game.

AUDIO Brian Elliott on filing in for Halak, David Perron on Elliott (:50)