It’s rare that you cruise to the playoffs without having a clear number one goaltender, but that’s the situation the St. Louis Blues are in. Of course, in the case of the Blues, the reason they don’t have an obvious starter is that both of their goaltenders have been amazing this season. Netminders Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott have combined to win the Jennings Trophy for allowing less goals than any other NHL squad in 2011-12.
So who would you put in net in Game 1 of St. Louis’ first round series against San Jose? Elliott, who had nine shutouts in just 38 games and set the NHL’s modern-era GAA record? Or Halak, who has been almost as dominant this season and previously led the eighth place Montreal Canadiens all the way to the Eastern Conference finals in 2010?
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Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf wasn’t impressed with at least two things last night in Arizona:
1. His team’s performance in a 4-2 loss to the Coyotes. 2. The atmosphere inside Gila River Arena, where the announced attendance was just 11,578.
“It’s hard. When you come into a building … it’s dead,” Getzlaf told the O.C. Register. “Nothing against the fans. It’s hard to fill a big building like this and have the amount of people in it to build your energy. So you have to do it yourself. You have to be ready when you step on the ice. I thought we came out flat.”
Anaheim’s record fell to 8-11-4 with the defeat.
The Coyotes’ average attendance also fell, to 13,144 in eight games.
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