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St. Louis Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak (41), of the Czech Republic, blocks a shot with New York Rangers left wing Benoit Pouliot (67) and Blues defenseman Ian Cole (28) watching during the second period of an NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

St. Louis Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak (41), of the Czech Republic, blocks a shot with New York Rangers left wing Benoit Pouliot (67) and Blues defenseman Ian Cole (28) watching during the second period of an NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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