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Hitchcock on Elliott: ‘He’s got to play better’

Feb 10, 2013, 12:08 AM EDT

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The St. Louis Blues eked out a charity point in a 6-5 shootout loss to the Anaheim Ducks, but Brian Elliott didn’t have a good night. Head coach Ken Hitchcock noticed, too.

He told NHL.com’s Lou Korac that the 2012 All-Star needs to get better.

“Not playing very good. Not much I can say. He’d be the first to tell you too. He’s got to play better,” Hitchcock said. “You can’t stay in the lineup if you don’t play well. I don’t care who you are. He’s got to play better.”

Hitch reports that the 27-year-old goalie won’t get a chance to redeem himself in the Blues’ next game, either way. It will either be Jaroslav Halak, 27, if he’s ready to return from a groin injury or Jake Allen, 22, if not.

Teemu Selanne was Elliott’s biggest nuisance on Saturday night, collecting four points. The 42-year-old icon helped Anaheim generate a ridiculous run of three goals in just 1:41 of time in the second period.

St. Louis is now 0-3-1 in its last four games while the Ducks moved into first place in the Pacific Division.

  1. dprouse - Feb 10, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    It looks like Brian Elliott has remembered that he is, in fact, Brian Elliott. Any Senators fan could tell you that last season’s version was a mirage.

    • paperlions - Feb 10, 2013 at 9:58 AM

      Yeah, this year he’s been horrible. I can’t recall a game he has played all year that didn’t involve him giving up at least one soft goal. An Eliot sized stationary playwood cutout couldn’t do much worse than he has.

    • cardsandbluesforever - Feb 10, 2013 at 3:15 PM

      as much as i like elliot after last years performance, i agree with you. he’s looking like the guy that the avalanche put on waivers. every single goal he let in the last 3 games have been as soft as melted butter. i really hope Halak will be back on monday..

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