St. Louis Blues forward Andy McDonald on Thursday announced his retirement from the NHL.
McDonald, 35, has 489 points in 685 games with the Anaheim Ducks and Blues, but concussion issues have plagued him over the years. "I'm fortunate to get out now," McDonald told Andy Strickland of the website TrueHockey.com. "I know I could play two or three more years and I love the game of hockey, but health-wise I know I shouldn't be playing." McDonald spent the past six seasons with the Blues, and had 21 points in 37 regular-season games, but was held without a point in the Blues' first-round playoff loss to the Los Angeles Kings.
Elliott will start Game 6 in a win or go home situation for the Blues.
Elliott allowed three goals on 25 shots including arguably the softest goal he has allowed all series, in Ot to give the Kings a 3-2 lead in the series. He still holds an impressive 1.88 GAA and .925 SV% in the playoffs.
Elliott stopped all but one of the Kings 21 shots in Game 3, but Jonathan Quick was unbeatable as Los Angeles won 1-0. Elliott ranks second in goals-against average (0.93) and save percentage (.962) among all playoff goaltenders.
Elliott had a shutout going until Justin Williams scored with 32 seconds left in the third period. He still won the game in overtime thanks to an error by Jonathan Quick. Elliott stopped 28 of 29 shots in the win.
It looks like Oshie will return to the Blues lineup tonight. He missed the last 15 games of the regular season with a foot injury. He had 20 points in 30 games this season. The Blues will need him to get on the scoresheet if they want to beat LA.
Elliott got off a solid start, then slumped. In February, he was 0-4 with a 4.67 GAA and .810 save percentage. After losing 4-1 to the Kings on Feb. 11, he did not re-appear for almost a month as rookie Jake Allen came to the forefront. Once Elliott came back he was great in the final month of the season, he went 11-2 with a 1.28 GAA and .948 SV%.
Elliott has won five out of his last seven starts while posting a 1.63 GAA and .931 SV%. He has a tough matchup vs. the Blackhwaks. However the Hawks are likely going to bench a lot of their star players so he could make for a good start.
Halak will be the backup tonight against CGY. #stlblues
Halak has been out since April 1st with a groin injury. He will be Elliott's backup tonight and will be ready for the playoffs. However Elliott has gone 9-2-0 with a 1.33 GAA and .949 SV% since Halak got hurt so he will likely start Game 1 of the playoffs.
Hitch confirms Elliott will play vs. Calgary. #stlblues
Elliott has bounced back beautifully. He is now 9-2-0 with a 1.33 GAA and .947 SV% in April. He has a fantastic matchup against the Flames tomorrow, so he should be able to record his 10th win of the month.