ST. LOUIS Before Brian Elliott closed his Western Conference quarterfinals series against the San Jose Sharks with a combined 50 saves in the last two games before he established himself once again as a trusted option for the St. Louis Blues alongside Jaroslav Halak one of the NHL's most surprising goalies was frustrated.
On April 16, Elliott spoke with Blues winger Jamie Langenbrunner after St. Louis' victory over San Jose in Game 3 at HP Pavilion. Elliott had made 26 saves in his first start of the series after replacing Halak, who left in the second period of Game 2 with an undisclosed lower-body injury.
To Elliott, though, his performance in San Jose had failed to meet his standard. He had allowed two goals in the last 3 minutes before the Blues clinched a 2-1 series lead. The late lapse that was inconsistent with his strong season bothered him, and he vented to his veteran teammate about missed chances.
"He was upset about a couple of those goals even though we got th...