Halak left the game with 12.5 seconds to go in the first period after sprawling to try and make a save on a slap shot. Halak had missed time previously this season with a groin injury
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Brian Elliott might have been the last person
to find out about his team acquiring another big-name defenseman.
had other things to worry about, like getting the St. Louis Blues back
on track after a late-season slump and another injury to starting goalie
Jaden Schwartz and Andy McDonald each had a goal
and an assist, Elliott stepped in and made 19 saves, and the Blues
snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the Minnesota Wild 4-1 on
Dany Heatley scored for the Wild, whose home winning
streak ended at four games. Minnesota lost for just the sixth time in
its last 21 games overall.
When told that his team acquired
defenseman Jay Bouwmeester from Calgary in exchange for a first-round
pick and two prospects during the first intermission, Elliott got a
puzzled look on his face.
"What trade?" he asked. "I didn't even know that until right now."
Kevin Shattenkirk and Barret Jackman also scored for St. Louis, which
acquired Bouwmeester 48 hours after trading for defenseman Jordan
Leopold. Wearing No. 33, Leopold made his Blues' debut on Monday.
Elliott was more worried about getting his mind right after entering
the game with 12.5 seconds left in the first period for the injured
"It's part of the job description. You gotta be ready to go," he said.
play was a major reason why the Wild failed to score on five power
plays and looked more like the offensively-inept squad that started the
"It just kind of levels us back down to earth a little
bit," Devin Setoguchi said. "We were getting away from the things that
made us successful during our streak. When you try to cheat and take
shortcuts and aren't hard on pucks, and get pucks in and out, that's
when they start going in on you. A couple turnovers and a couple goals
St. Louis began the day out of the playoffs and staring
at a stretch in which it plays six of the next seven on the road.
Bouwmeester is expected to be on the ice Thursday against Chicago, the
top team in the Western Conference.
Halak left the game with 12.5
seconds to go in the first period after sprawling to try and make a save
on a slap shot. Halak had missed time previously this season with a
Elliott, fresh off a two-game conditioning
assignment in the minors, stepped in and stopped 19 of the 20 shots he
faced, including all 14 in the third period.
"We're a desperate team right now. We needed points as bad as anyone," said center David Backes.
Elliott was especially strong early in the third when the Wild unleashed six shots in the opening five minutes.
On the other end, Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom's career-best and team-record eight-game winning streak ended.
Schwartz got a clean look from the right circle midway through the first period and beat Backstrom over his right glove.
the second, McDonald put his own rebound past Backstrom to make it 2-1
at 12:17. Less than two minutes later, Shattenkirk sent a shot from the
point through traffic that made it 3-1.