Posted December 15, 2011 on AP on Fox
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Brian Elliott might be the biggest surprise in the NHL this season. He may also be the best goaltender, and the St. Louis Blues are reaping the benefits. Elliott figures to be in net looking to keep the Blues red-hot in their only meeting of the season with the visiting New York Rangers on Thursday night. St. Louis (17-9-3) signed Elliott to a one-year contract July 1, expecting him to act as a backup to incumbent No. 1 Jaroslav Halak. He's already far surpassed those expectations, leading the NHL with a 1.46 goals-against average, four shutouts and a .947 save percentage while going 12-2-0. That's an incredible turnaround from 2010-11, when he went 15-27-9 with a 3.34 GAA and three shutouts with Ottawa and Colorado. Elliott is outplaying Halak, who is 5-7-3 with a 2.37 GAA "I'm not asking any questions, I'm just going out there and playing," said Elliott, who is 7-1-0 with a 1.37 GAA at home. "You have to take (the win), put it in your back pocke...
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