Jaroslav Halak was apparently re-injured during the Blues practice this morning while sitting in the stands signing autographs.
Lumpy Rutherford – sports columnist for the St. Louis Toast-Dispatch, had a bird’s eye view of the accident as he was the one getting the autograph and relates this story:
Jaro and I were up about twenty rows behind the net during practice and the team was practicing shoot outs when Taresenko came flying in on Elliot and ripped a wrist shot …Elliot flashed the blocker and deflected the shot over the net…I could see it was coming right for us and I yelled Jaro baby…duck!
Right at that moment everything just went into slow motion…as the puck headed straight for Jaro’s head like a guided missile…I instinctively jumped out of the way and Jaro tried to deflect it with his pen but missed it cleanly.
The next thing I knew, Halak was on the floor…out cold. It was touch and go at first but finally we were able to revive him by playing audio clips from his great playoff run with Montreal back in 1967.
When he came to, he asked what happened and we told him about the incredible save that Elliott made on Tarenseko’s shot and he passed back out.
Last I heard he is at the Minneapolis Metro Hospital undergoing treatment for a badly bruised ego.