Ryan Miller might be the hot new name for the St. Louis Blues, but Brian Elliott continues to prove that he’s one of the top backups in the NHL regardless of who is getting starts ahead of him. He was named the first star of the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins today after he pitched the 16th shutout of his Blues career.
The 33 saves by Brian Elliott is the most in a regulation game in which he recorded a SO in his St Louis Blues career. #stlblues
— STL Blues History (@STLBlueshistory) March 23, 2014
That moves him into a tie with Glenn Hall for second on St. Louis’ all-time shutout leader board.
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) March 23, 2014
Miller had taken losses in two consecutive starts—including one yesterday afternoon against the Philadelphia Flyers—so he was given the day off in favor of Elliott. He came up with several big saves in the third period to preserve the 0-0 tie until David Backes was able to break through with less than 10 minutes remaining in the third.
There’s no goaltending controversy in St. Louis, but Elliott is certainly playing his way into a significant raise this summer.