If ever you needed a working example of a rags-to-riches story, you got one Saturday night.

Goaltender Jaroslav Halak had not started a game in 13 days. He was in a strange place, a No. 1 goalie trying to show the Blues he could still be relied upon. He was a forgotten man.

By the end of an evening in Edmonton, he was in an entirely different place. The Blues had just shut out the Edmonton Oilers 3-0. The whitewash was the third of the season for Halak and 25th of his career. It also was the 16th of his Blues career, tying him with iconic goaltender Glenn Hall for the most shutouts in franchise history.

Halak was doing interviews, joking with teammates, enjoying an entirely new environment. He was THE man. On Sunday night in Calgary, he was back in the saddle at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The contrast and perspective was not lost on the 27-year-old netminder.

“I just try to do my job and have fun at the same time,” Halak said. “I mean, I think you’ve got to go with the flow. If (a shutout) happens, it happens. (Tying Hall) is a great accomplishment. But it’s not only me, it’s a team accomplishment.

“When a goalie gets a shutout, first of all you have to look at the team and how we played. I think (in Edmonton) that was the key, and the guys did a heck if a job. It is a great credit to the guys.”

What goes around comes around in sports. At Edmonton, Halak was making only his third start of the month because the Blues had tied their wagon to the hot Jake Allen. The rookie won 10 of 12 starts and stabilized a tenuous situation.