Jaroslav Halak's professional life really picked up in recent days.

He made a triumphant return to his previous home, Montreal, and blanked his old team 3-0. Canadiens fans gave him a huge ovation after the game. Not so long ago he was their favorite player, before the Habs traded him to the Blues.

He returned home and earned a shootout victory over the Wild. This was a big deal because Halak has lost five times in the shootout this season.

He followed that breakthrough by shutting out the Stars 1-0 Monday night at Scottrade Center. He has two shutouts in three games after earning just one in his first 21 outings.

"Jaro was great," Blues defenseman Barret Jackman said. "He was very solid when we made mistakes. Very calm and cool, just getting things to settle down."

Halak is 5-0 with a 1.18 goals-against average and .957 save percentage this month. Cohort Brian Elliott may be headed to the NHL All-Star Game to represent the Note, but Halak is regaining his role as this team's lead goaltender.