Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

BLUES GO DOWN; Team Blows 2-0 Lead after Elliott Is Injured and Loses in a Shootout; NHL: SENATORS 3, BLUES 2

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

BLUES GO DOWN; Team Blows 2-0 Lead after Elliott Is Injured and Loses in a Shootout; NHL: SENATORS 3, BLUES 2

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The Blues' two-goalie combination got put to the test on Tuesday night.

Brian Elliott, who is second in the NHL in goals-against average at 1.90, had to leave the game in the second period after getting his right leg twisted. And the Blues had to turn to Jake Allen, whose goals-against average is 2.00, the sixth-best in the league.

Ottawa got a goal with 40.4 seconds left to send the game to overtime and then Allen, who was expecting to have the night off, ended up in a shootout, where Bobby Ryan scored on the final shot to snap the Blues' two-game win streak in a 3-2 loss at Scottrade Center.

The severity of Elliott's injury was not immediately known. He skated off on his own power but when he got to the tunnel, he threw his stick in apparent displeasure. The Blues termed it a lower-body injury and Elliott did not return to the bench. The Blues don't play again until Friday. Jordan Binnington is the goalie at Chicago in the AHL; coming into this season, he had played two games at that level.

Allen didn't have much work, playing almost 10 minutes before having to stop a shot and then he had to make a couple of good ones early in the third on an Ottawa power play. It got more hectic from there, especially after the Senators cut the lead to 2-1. The Senators outshot the Blues 15-7 in the third period, finally tying it on the last shot. Ryan almost had the winner for Ottawa in overtime but hit the post.

Elliott left the game with 6:02 to go in the second period when he got caught in a pile of bodies in his crease. Elliott was down on his knees making a save when Erik Condra crashed into him, bending him back over his right leg. Elliott was on his back in the crease while everyone else joined in, and eventually Chris Butler was in a fight with Condra behind the goal. The puck, meanwhile, had gone into the net, though it was no goal because of the contact with Elliott.

While that was going on, it took a while for anyone to notice Elliott was now lying on his stomach in the goal and not moving. He eventually came to his feet and skated around, but after a few minutes, Elliott came out of the game and Allen came in. …

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