Sharp-eyed Lewis helped on shootout

Assists aren’t awarded on shootout goals, of course, but if they were, Trevor Lewis would get one. Seated on the bench last night, before the shootout, Lewis chatted with a couple players and noted that St. Louis goalie Brian Elliott had displayed a tendency to “open up,’’ leaving the five-hole as a potential area to exploit. Mike Richards beat Elliott five-hole and then, in the fourth round, Jeff Carter did the same. Today, Carter said he and Richards hadn’t strategized together, but that Lewis said Elliott “had a pretty wide stance and there was some room there.’’ Lewis talked about the on-bench chatter…

LEWIS: “We were talking about how wide Elliott was, and if you open him up five-hole, it was open. … Carts kind of called it before. He said, `I think he’s [Richards] going to open him up and go five-hole.’ Because I was saying how wide Elliott came out. I didn’t think Carts was going to do it, but he did it.’’

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