A lot of fantasy hockey players gave up on Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak this season when staggered to a 1-6 start.
Halak's statistical ratios were terrible and then-coach Davis Payne shifted much of the workload to back-up Brian Elliott. But then general manager Doug Armstrong fired Payne and hired Hitchcock -- who immediately restored Halak's No. 1 standing.
In his first game for Hitchcock, Halak delivered a 3-0 shutout.
“When the coaching change happened so fast, we just need to look in the mirror and ask yourself if that is the best you have?” Halak said afterward. “Everybody dug in tonight and everybody did their best. Hopefully we play the game where we left off."