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Blue Jackets' McElhinney won't start Saturday

Friday, 12.13.2013 / 1:10 PM / News

NHL.com

The lower-body injury sustained by Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Curtis McElhinney against the New York Rangers on Thursday isn't long-term or serious, coach Todd Richards said Friday, but Mike McKenna will start Saturday against the St. Louis Blues and goalie Jeremy Smith has been recalled from Springfield of the American Hockey League.

The news was reported by the Columbus Dispatch.

McElhinney stopped 15 shots in one period against the Rangers before leaving the game. McKenna went the rest of the way and made 17 saves in a 4-2 win for the Blue Jackets.

McKenna saw his first NHL action since a relief appearance for the New Jersey Devils on Dec. 2, 2010. His previous NHL start also happened to come against his hometown team in St. Louis for the Devils on Nov. 20, 2010. McKenna made 24 saves in a 3-2 loss.

McKenna has a career record of 4-9-1 with a 3.41 goals-against average and .890 save percentage in 18 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Devils and Blue Jackets.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the OT winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round