ST. LOUIS - Blues net-minder Brian Elliott said he had some help coming up with his crazy antics on the ice during the NHL All-Star Skills Competition last weekend, the best coming from his wife Amanda. She was the mastermind behind the selfie breakaway shot with teammate Vladimir Tarasenko.
"The selfie was my wife's idea," Elliott said Wednesday, "The other stuff [was kind of a] collaboration from a bunch of people. I was just happy [Tarasenko] wanted to joke around and have fun with it."
The Elliott's were vacationing when Brian got the call Thursday that he would be replacing Blue Jacket goalie Sergei Bobrovsky due to an injury. And even after cutting her vacation short, Brian said Amanda wasn't too upset to leave the beach behind.
"She was totally supportive," Brian added, "Getting an honor like that, no one close to you is going to turn it down. It's pretty special to be named to an All-Star team."
The success of the selfie made Elliott and Tarasenko a hit during the Breakaway Challenge. The following two rounds yielded more laughs. Elliott faced Tarasenko while blindfolded during the second round and then held up a target for the Blues leading scorer to hit during the third round. Note: Tarasenko crushed the target.
"They were his ideas," Tarasenko said, not taking any of the credit. "I was so nervous. [Before the challenge] he told me, 'Hey, I have some ideas.' and I was like, 'OK, go ahead.'"
Now Elliott and Tarasenko will get a chance to dazzle the home crowd Thursday night in the first game back from the All-Star Break, facing off against the Nashville Predators. Maybe the two can pull a couple of more tricks in search of the victory.