When the St. Louis Blues announced they were starting Brian Elliott against San Jose Sharks, I was a little surprised, as I expected him to get the nod against Anahiem Ducks tonight. However, Davis Payne decided that Elliott would man the net in San Jose, and for the Blues, it turned out quite well.
Elliott played a strong game, making big saves when the Blues needed him to and came up with an amazing glove save against Sharks defensemen, Dan Boyle. Elliott was the first star of the night for me as he was the Blues best player on the ice. Making many strong saves, timely saves, and eventually enough saves to secure the win.
The Blues worked hard all game long and it showed in the outcome. Matt D’Agostini had to work hard to get between two defenders to score the first goal of the game. On the Alex Steen goal, the Blues just flat out, outworked the Sharks to get an odd-man break in the zone before Steen buried a beautiful shot.
Brian Elliott worked hard in net all night and it showed as he came out with the win during his Blues debut. Check out the Blues site, here, for a full review of the game.
Tonight, the Blues are in Anaheim to face-off against the Ducks. Jaroslav Halak will man the pipes tonight’s and will need to give a strong effort if he doesn’t want to start a goaltending controversy.
I’d expect to see Chris Porter taken out of the up tonight in favor of tough guy, Ryan Reaves as he could could see time battling with Ducks enforcer, George Parros. For any and all fight information, check out Tyler Atwood’s post on The Bluenote Zone, the Throwdown Lowdown.
The Blues are going to be in for a battle tonight and will have to put forth a strong effort to bring home the win against the Ducks.
Be sure to follow us @BleedinBlueFS on twitter. Be sure to follow our writing staff as well, myself, @RandallRitchey, and staff writers, @EvanParker and @ScottCowsert. Any questions? Send them in to [email protected]