ST. LOUIS - It feels like we've run out of good things to say about goalie Brian Elliott, so we'll just yell this:
There. That felt good.
But seriously, though: For the last three months, we've talked about how great Elliott has been between the pipes for the Blues, and that hasn't stopped in the playoffs.
Elliott posted a 2.40 goals-against average, a .929 save-percentage and stopped 236 of 254 shots in the first round against the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks. That includes limiting elite forwards Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to just one goal in the seven-game series.
"Obviously, (Elliott) is the reason we won the series," Blues Head Coach Ken Hitchcock said. "He was outstanding."
"He was our best player all series long," captain David Backes said. "You've got good goaltending, you've got a great chance. We're going to need more great goaltending against a high-powered offense in Dallas, but he's a guy that's battled his whole career to get this opportunity to be focused and be ready for this. He hasn't disappointed one bit."
Through one round, Elliott is tied for first among postseason goalies in wins (4) and tied for second in shutouts (1).
Despite the individual accolades, Elliott contributed most of the first-round success to his teammates.
"It's those feelings, those risings to the occasion," Elliott said. "I think we had a lot of guys do that."