Ideally this comeback story would have had a fancy first chapter; refreshed he would immediately show how much his slimmed down strengthened frame was going to help him this season.

So much for that.

"I felt OK but it was like everything went in" Jaroslav Halak said. "All the weird bounces tonight. It was one of those games. Everything goes the opposite way than some other nights. It was good to get the first one under the belt. But like I said it was not how I imagined the game was going to be."

The Tampa Bay Lightning beat the St. Louis Blues Friday night at the Scottrade Center. That matters little.

What could matter emphasis on could is that Halak the man expected to start for The Note surrendered four goals in his first live action since April 1.