‘I want to sleep on what I’m going to do,’ says Hitchcock of Blues goalie situation for Game 7
Brian Elliott has started every game in these playoffs for the St. Louis Blues. And, outside of Game 6 on Monday, he’s been pretty good with a .926 save percentage.
But could Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock be contemplating a change in goal for a series-deciding Game 7 between his team and the Dallas Stars? Elliott was pulled after giving up three goals on seven shots in the opening period and St. Louis lost 3-2, despite a furious comeback attempt.
Jake Allen entered into the game for the Blues.
“I want to sleep on what I’m going to do,” said Hitchcock on the subject of his starting goalie for Game 7, as per the Dallas Morning News.
Maybe he’s just being coy?
Allen’s only game action in these playoffs came Monday, after the Stars had opened up a three-goal lead and chased Elliott from the net. Allen made seven saves on seven shots in 42 minutes. Yes. Seven shots. The Stars didn’t necessarily keep pushing for any offence after the opening period, as the Blues just kept charging to try to tie the game.
“He’s the ultimate pro,” said Allen of Elliott. “He’ll definitely be ready. He’s been the best player on our team the whole playoffs and he’ll be ready to go again.”