The title says it all. By looking at the stats you might say, “he only made 24 saves everyone, calm down…” If that’s the case, I recommend taking a glance at the highlights. The man made some amazing saves, including a couple of breakaways. I will say, I’m one of many who doubted the signing of Brian Elliott in the offseason, but I think he’s given the city of St. Louis a reason to believe in not only his ability to play, but a reason to believe he can be the one to lead the team to the postseason.
The Blues were sure to put the first goal on the board, and quickly. At 10:39 in the 1st period and after a brilliant turnover made by David Backes, he turned the jets on to beat two defenders and put one top-shelf past “Kipper.” Did I mention all this was done short-handed? He wears the “C” for a reason everyone, and he justified that last night. He’s a big, fast, aggressive player with a “no holds barred” attitude that clearly gives him an edge. Not only was the first goal of the night incredible, but David would also end up playing a huge role in the second, and final goal of the night.
After a pretty quiet 2nd period, Backes and the Blues came back with a purpose in the 3rd, and that was to put the game away. Well, they did just that at 13:17 in the 3rd period. With the puck down at Calgary’s end, Backes led the charge and slammed defenseman Chris Butler into the boards, breaking his own stick. This gave Alex Steen the opportunity to grab the puck from behind the net and try to set something up. Luckily, he found Alex Pietrangelo right in front of the net and made a beauty of a pass. Pietrangelo sat with it for a second and decided to place the puck exactly where Backes had back in the first period. Kipprusoff didn’t stand a chance on this one as the Blues went up 2-0 heading towards the midpoint of the final period.
St. Louis would hold strong till the end, earning yet another victory under newly founded Coach Hitchcock, who is now 6-1-2 since filling the role. The big story of the night though, is Brian Elliott. His record now stands at 9-1 on the season and leads the entire NHL in GAA(1.34), Save Percentage(95.1%), and is tied with shutout victories(3). As of right now, he’s the man to go to and he just might get the nod Sunday when St. Louis goes toe-to-toe with the league-worst Columbus Blue Jackets.
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Also, enjoy the following game highlights, courtesy of NHL.com!