ST. LOUIS - “Moooooooooooosssseeee!”
Another start. Another dominating performance.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.
Brian Elliott was his usual self Tuesday night when the Blues hosted the Dallas Stars. The Blues’ goaltender turned aside 17 Dallas shots - including several of the highlight-reel variety - to lift the Blues to a 2-1 overtime win against the top team in the Western Conference.
“He’s been spectacular,” Blues forward Scottie Upshall said of Elliott. “He’s really taken the reins as far as us needing a guy to step up. This time of year, you need guys to elevate their game and it starts with Elliott. He’s been nothing but awesome every game.”
‘Every game’ is the key phrase here.
Elliott has started 15 consecutive games, which is a new career high. He remains unbeaten in regulation over his last five games, going 4-0-1 with a 1.37 goals-against average and a .956 save-percentage. And since Jake Allen went down with a lower-body injury on Jan. 8, Elliott is 10-3-3.
“He’s been our best player probably for that whole stretch,” Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester said before Tuesday’s game. “You never want to see anyone get hurt, but when Jake went down, he got an opportunity and he’s done what everyone in here knows he can. Everybody is happy to see him do it.”
Elliott’s run is so good, even Blues Head Coach Ken Hitchcock is avoiding questions about it, presumably for fear of jinxing it.
“I don’t want to talk about him,” Hitchcock said after Tuesday’s win. “As soon as I start talking, something (bad) happens. Just write his number down. That’s No. 1, put it on the board and have him play. That’s all I’m doing now. I’m not looking, I’m not trying to analyze.
“Just write his number down and let him play.”