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Canadiens trade G Halak to Blues

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ST. LOUIS (AP) -The St. Louis Blues say they have acquired goaltender Jaroslav Halak from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for forwards Lars Eller and Ian Schultz.

The 25-year-old Halak was red hot in the playoffs, leading his team to the Eastern Conference finals by winning two Game 7s and eliminating Washington and Pittsburgh. He won three straight games and eliminated the Capitals by stopping 131 of 134 shots.

Blues president John Davidson announced the move Thursday.

Halak, a Slovakian, was originally picked by Montreal in the ninth round (271st overall) of the 2003 entry draft. He was 26-13-5 last season and ranked fourth in the NHL in save percentage (.940), ninth in goals against average (2.40) and was tied for fifth with five shutouts.

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