When the season began in Edmonton the assumption was the Flames had a very well defined tandem. Brian Elliott would be the starter and Chad Johnson would be the back up.
Both goaltenders struggled in October as the anvil was passed back and forth with neither guy seizing the moment. When the season looked lost Chad Johnson took the ball and ran with it, compiling a Carey Price like month that got the Flames back into it. This left Brian Elliott on the outside looking in again, something he’s seen far too often in his career bouncing around the National Hockey League.
Lately however, the plan has been win and you’re in and it’s worked to some extent. The ball bounced back to Brian Elliott tonight and delivered what has to be the closest thing we’ve seen from the expected Brian Elliott this season, as he was a wall turning aside 32 shots in a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
If the Flames played a pretty loss in Manhattan earlier this month in a loss, they had an ugly win tonight at home against Philadelphia; proof that things even out over the course of a season.
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