Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Brian Elliott and other alumni updates

Gotta start with Brian Elliott, who earned his 2nd career NHL win and 1st NHL win of the season by making 23 saves last night in Ottawa's 5-1 victory over Carolina last night. Based on this article from yesterday and today's game preview, it looks like Brian will be starting again tonight at Atlanta. By the way, Elliott earned his 1st career NHL win last year against Atlanta.

Here's what Elliott said before yesterday's game:
"Just being out practicing with the speed, and the kind of shots these guys have, just keeps your mind on the right page," Elliott said after this morning's skate at Scotiabank Place. "Every game is that much more experience."
Here's what Elliott said about Ottawa's less-than-stellar record this season:
"It's a good team in there and it's kind of a mystery why we're at the bottom of the standings, but if we keep playing games like that I don't think we'll be there for long," said Elliott, who had 28 saves in a 3-1 win at Atlanta on Oct. 10, 2007 during his NHL debut.
(Photo from nhl.com)

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Who made the grade? Flames' mid-season report cards

17. LW Rene Bourque (41 GP, 15-14--29, +14): Remember those pre-season worries about who’d fill out the top-six forwards? About the Flames needing one more top-flight forward? Well, check out this guy’s goal total, his plus-minus, his points (only one of which arrived on the power play). Heck, check out the 27-year-old’s contributions, period. A premier penalty-killer. The shrewd spending of a second-round pick. Fast. Aggressive. A perfect fit for a team trying to recapture its prized identity.

Grade -- A+
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