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Blues to start Jaroslav Halak

Updated: April 11, 2012, 2:37 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

ST. LOUIS -- Jaroslav Halak gets the start for Game 1 of the Blues-Sharks first-round series, St. Louis head coach Ken Hitchcock announced Wednesday.

It's hardly a surprise since Brian Elliott missed practice Wednesday as he nurses a minor, upper-body injury.

"It made the decision pretty easy, so we'll start with Jaro and like everything else, hope for the best," Hitchcock said after practice Wednesday.

Game 1 goes Thursday night here at Scottrade Center.

Halak played ...

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