Halak’s recent poor play sparks the Miller to St. Louis rumors again

That was tough luck for Halak, but we’ve seen that before. Games turn quickly when pucks find their way into the net.

“All of a sudden it evaporates,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock acknowledged during his postgame news conference. “Jaro had a tough night.”

Halak could have made amends in the shootout, but he didn’t. A big point got away from the Blues in startling fashion.

The Blues will get a chance to regroup against Boston and Winnipeg before the Olympic break. The Bruins are one of the NHL’s elite team and the Jets have been one of the hottest squads since Paul Maurice took over at coach.

It will be interesting to see how this team finishes out this homestand in goal. Further disappointments will lead to more Ryan Miller chatter in these parts.

Halak has allowed three or more goals in four of his last eight appearances, including a disastrous relief stint in New Jersey.

Fans are getting flashbacks to December, when Halak went 3-3-1 with a 3.23 goals-against average and .885 save percentage.