Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Elliott Not Showing Disappointment over Blues' Decision

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Elliott Not Showing Disappointment over Blues' Decision

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If Brian Elliott is disappointed over the Blues making Jake Allen their starting goalie for the start of the playoffs, he wasn't letting on Friday.

For the first time since Wednesday's announcement Wednesday, Elliott discussed the decision with the Post-Dispatch.

"That's the coach's decision," he said. "It's nothing I can do, so I control what I can and come here every day with a smile on my face and try to do my best. I'll be ready when called upon. That's how it is right now."

In his first NHL playoff start, Allen made 27 saves in a 4-2 loss to Minnesota on Thursday. He will be back in net for Game 2 Saturday against the Wild. The puck will drop at 2 p.m. at Scottrade Center.

Elliott wasn't available to comment Wednesday when the Blues named Allen the starter for Game 1. He did not speak Thursday because, like many NHL goalies, he doesn't address the media on game days. So for 48 hours, the only one to comment regarding his reaction to the move had been Blues coach Ken Hitchcock, who claimed not to be worried about Elliott handling the situation the right way.

"Not one bit, he's team all the way," Hitchcock said Wednesday.

On Friday, Elliott backed that up, saying, "That hasn't changed since I started playing hockey. Sometimes you're going to have to make sacrifices for the team, and everybody in here has done that at some point in their career, this year and in the last game. ... This game comes and goes too fast to get upset about the little things."

Less than two weeks ago, Elliott said that he could sense the Blues were going to give Allen the net assignment against Chicago at United Center. Allen won that game and another against the Blackhawks in a five-day span, both by the score of 2-1.

Did Elliott begin to get the vibe at that point that the Blues would go with Allen in the playoffs?

"I mean, you never try to look ahead," Elliott said. …

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