ST. LOUIS - Traveling back to Ottawa was likely the last thing goalie Brian Elliott thought he would be doing during the All-Star break when he signed a one-year contract with the St. Louis Blues last summer.
Heck, Elliott wasn't even sure he was going to make the Blues roster when training camp opened in September. Now he's headed to the All-Star Game as their only representative.
Elliott went from unwanted to irreplaceable in less than a year, earning his first All-Star appearance by posting a 15-5-2 record and a microscopic 1.69 goals against average in the first half of the season.
"He's played his butt off," said forward David Backes. "He was our backbone for a while when (starter Jaroslav Halak) was stumbling and without him at that point of the season who knows what direction we go. He's more than deserving and hopefully he has a great time."
Elliott made 37 saves Tuesday night in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at Scottrade Center in his final game before...