The St. Louis Blues’ 6-5 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks was a wild affair that included a comeback from being down 5-2 entering the second period.
The game also involved an injury to starting goaltender Brian Elliott. Late in the first period, Elliott – who had allowed four goals on 15 Hawks shots on goal at that point – collided with Chicago forward Jonathan Toews in and around the goalmouth after Toews was pushed into Elliott by Blues captain David Backes. The video of the play is above.
Backes was called for interference and the play forced Elliott from the game with after taking contact to his head according to coach Ken Hitchcock.
Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews drove hard to the net and after a shove from Backes, there was a pile-up in the paint. Blues trainer Ray Barile rushed on to look at Elliott, who eventually grabbed his gear and headed to the bench for the second time in the game, only this time he continued on to the locker room. Backes was called for interference on the play, and with Elliott exiting, it was a play "I feel pretty bad about," Backes said.
Earlier in the period, Hitchcok yanked Elliott for just 41 seconds. This was so Elliott could refocus.
As for Elliott’s injury, Hitchcock said the goaltender would be re-evaluated on Thursday. Allen stopped 27 of 28 Chicago shots on goal in the victory, one day after taking a home loss to the Los Angeles Kings.
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