(HockeySTL) -- Blues goaltender Brian Elliott planned to take it easy this weekend, doing few hockey-related activities. Instead, he will travel to Columbus, joining teammates Kevin Shattenkirk and Vladimir Tarasenko as a late addition to the 2015 All-Star lineup.
“You try to get away from the game as much as possible but also be prepared to come back and work hard,” Elliott said Monday, when he had no reason to believe he would be heading to Columbus. “Maybe I’ll juggle some stuff while I’m on vacation.”
The National Hockey League announced they were adding Elliott to the All-Star roster Thursday afternoon. Elliott wasn’t one of the original selections, but an injury to Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky opened up a spot for the Blues’ goaltender.
The All-Star appearance will be Elliott’s second as a Blue, his last coming in 2012. The 29-year old goaltender leads the NHL in goals against average (1.86) and is fourth in the league with a .930 save percentage. He has posted a 13-5-2 record with two shutouts in 22 games this season.
“He’s back seeing the puck again,” said Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock. “He’s not surprised by traffic; he’s not surprised by activity. His side-to-side movement; there’s better awareness when the puck is behind him then there was.”
Elliott’s impressive numbers come despite the goaltender missing a significant chunk of the time with a knee injury. Since his return on Dec. 30, Elliott has posted a 6-1-1 record, winning six of his last seven games.
“It’s probably the toughest position to be out for a long period of time,” said teammate Barret Jackman. “He prepared every day coming back and he’s now in the same rhythm that the team is. He is making some big saves throughout the game that are really giving us confidence.”
Elliott becomes the third goalie to have multiple All-Star appearances as a Blue. Glenn Hall and Jacques Plante were the other two.
The weekend festivities will kick off on Friday with a fantasy draft. The Skills Competition will be held Saturday followed by the All-Star Game on Sunday.