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Halak Leads Blues Past Canadiens
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Jaroslav Halak made 27 saves against his former Montreal teammates to help the St. Louis Blues beat the Canadiens 4-1 on Thursday night.

Montreal was playing its first game without left winger Max Pacioretty, out indefinitely with a severe concussion and fractured fourth vertebrae as a result of a check Tuesday night at the hands of Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara. Pacioretty was released from the hospital Thursday.

Andy McDonald had a goal and two assists, and Matt D'Agostini added a goal and an assist for St. Louis.

The Blues' faint playoff hopes remained alive with their third win in a row as Halak, a playoff star for Montreal last season, got back at his former team in the process, outdueling Carey Price.

Price stopped 23 shots, but the Canadiens saw their five-game winning streak come to an end. David Backes had a goal and T.J. Oshie added a short-handed empty-netter for the Blues.

Jeff Halpern scored for Montreal.

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