Found March 09, 2012 on Tonight's Healthy Scratches:
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On November 6, the St. Louis Blues were off to a 6-7-0 start and fans began preparing themselves for a third consecutive season without playoff hockey. Jaroslav Halak, in the second year of a four-year extension signed in the summer of 2010, was performing miserably and the skaters in front of them weren't faring much better. General manager Doug Armstrong had to act quickly before their season spun completely out of control, and in doing so, he fired head coach Davis Payne in his second season with the team. In his place, Armstrong brought in defensive mastermind Ken Hitchcock. Since then, the Blues have taken off, going 37-11-7 under Hitchcock and wake up this morning with their 93 points good enough for the lead in the Presidents' Trophy race. This can't be real, can it? The Blues? Tops in the National Hockey League? Believe it. Halak has reemerged as the number-one goaltender Armstrong acquired from Montreal, while all-star Brian Elliott has spelled Halak bri...
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