Jaroslav Halak was part of a potent goaltending tandem in Montreal, but he was the one who led the Canadiens on an unlikely playoff run two seasons ago.
A few weeks later, he was gone.
Now part of a dominant duo in St. Louis, Halak will be in net Tuesday night as his surging Blues make their first trip to Montreal since acquiring him via trade.
The Canadiens had a pair of promising young netminders during the 2009-10 season, but Halak outperformed Carey Price and stopped at least 37 shots in six different wins during the eighth-seeded club's surprising surge to the Eastern Conference finals.
Halak, however, was a restricted free agent that summer, and Montreal decided it couldn't keep both players. On June 17, 2010, Halak was traded to St. Louis for Lars Eller and Ian Schultz.
Teammate Brian Elliott beat Colorado in a 4-0 win Saturday, but Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said Halak will still start in Montreal, where he figures to be warmly received.
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