ST. LOUIS The rookie goalie stood in the center of a spotlight beam and listened to the applause that accompanied the reading of his name. It felt good to be back. It felt good to have another chance to show everyone this is where he belongs.
"Everyone has that doubt," Jake Allen would say later in the evening. "The management, the coaches, the players. I knew I was capable of playing at this level, but I want to take doubt out of a lot of people's heads."
With the recent loss of starting goalie Jaroslav Halak to a lower-body injury, the St. Louis Blues are still trying to find the right man to fill a key position as the playoffs loom. Maybe it is Brian Elliot. Or, maybe it is Allen, the 22-year old who has bounced back and forth between the Blues and the AHL Peoria Rivermen.
It was the rookie who got the call Friday night. And he delivered, stopping 26 of the 27 shots launched by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the Blues' 3-1 win at the Scottrade Center.
For a while, it appeared ...