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Brian Elliott Leads St. Louis Blues Past Montreal Canadiens

Brian Elliott made a career-high 46 saves in the St. Louis Blues' 4-3 overtime win over the visiting Montreal Canadiens.

ST. LOUIS — On a night when the St. Louis Blues honored three of the best goalies in franchise history, Brian Elliott had a game he’ll never forget.

Elliott made a career-high 46 saves with Mike Liut, Curtis Joseph and Grant Fuhr watching and and Jori Lehtera scored in overtime to help the St. Louis Blues beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 on Saturday night at Scottrade Center.

“When those guys are watching you kind of want to play good out there,” Elliott said. “… It was special for me to play in front of those guys. I watched a lot of games. I was outside playing street hockey pretending I was them a lot of years and for them to be here and watch this game it meant a lot to me. Guys coming through and getting the W was pretty special.”

The Blues honored Liut, Joseph and Fuhr in a pre-game ceremony. Elliott wore a special mask and pads to honor Joseph, who like Elliott grew up in Ontario and also played at the University of Wisconsin.  

“He was amazing,” Joseph said. “He did great.” 

Robby FabbriPaul Stastny and Ty Rattie also scored, with Rattie's goal with 5:25 remaining in the third period tying the score at 3-3. The Blues (26-15-7) have won three of four after enduring a five-game losing streak. 

P.K. Subban, Max Pacioretty and Tomas Plekanec scored for Montreal, and Mike Condon finished with 18 saves. The Canadiens (23-18-4) have lost three straight and four of their last five. They are 5-15 since Dec. 1. 

The Blues scored just 34 seconds in when Fabbri collected his own rebound after Condon couldn’t locate the puck. It was the rookie’s 11th of the season. Vladimir Tarasenko and Lehtera had the assists on the goal, which was challenged by the Canadiens for goalie interference but upheld.

The Canadiens outshot the Blues 17-9 in the first period. 

Montreal tied it 3:41 into the second period with a power-play goal by Subban. The defenseman fell as he shot the puck, but it deflected off Tarasenko’s stick and trickled past Elliott. 

Pacioretty’s 18th of the season, on a rebound, gave the Canadiens a 2-1 lead with 9:36 remaining in the second period.

The Blues tied it with 8:29 left in the second on Stastny’s goal. Colton Parayko took a long shot that deflected off the stick of Montreal’s Tomas Fleischmann and was then tipped in by Stastny for his fourth goal. 

The teams combined for 15 penalties in the second period, including a 10-minute misconduct for the Blues’ Kevin Shattenkirk

Montreal had 22 shots on goal in the second period, but then had just nine in the third and one in overtime. 

Plekanec made it 3-2 with 6:09 left in the third with a slap shot from the high slot. Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher assisted on the goal.

Then Rattie tied it with 5:25 remaining with his second goal in two games since being recalled from the American Hockey League. His shot from the slot deflected off the stick of Mark Barberio and past Condon. 

The Blues then won it 2:04 into overtime after Fabbri stole the puck in the neutral zone, skated in on Condon and then Lehtera slipped the puck between Condon’s legs for his sixth of the season. 

“You can’t waste a performance like that,” Rattie said of Elliott. “Ells was on his game and he wanted it. I think when they scored that third goal, it was even keel on the bench which was huge. Lucky enough that we tied it up and then great play in overtime to finish it off.”

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