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Discuss: Blues’ Brian Elliott shuts out Red Wings

Apr 7, 2013, 3:13 PM EST

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Blues goaltender Brian Elliott turned aside all 28 shots faced to help St. Louis beat Detroit 1-0 on Sunday, and earn two critical points in the process.

Elliott entered this game with a 3.43 GAA and hadn’t silenced an opposing team since March 27, 2012. Chris Porter scored just his second goal of the season, although both of them have been game winners.

  • This was the last regular season game that the Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis Blues will play as Central Division rivals. They won’t be in the same conference when the NHL realigns for the 2013-14 campaign.
  • Elliott is one of the streakiest goaltenders in recent memory. He struggled earlier this year. With Jaroslav Halak sidelined, will Elliott stay hot down the stretch?
  • Defenseman Jay Bouwmeester logged 21:33 minutes in this game. He’s played in 753 NHL games with three different teams, but has never appeared in the playoff contest. After being acquired by the St. Louis Blues, that might finally changed in 2013.
  • The Detroit Red Wings got hurt late in the game by one of this season’s new rules. Defenseman Niklas Kronwall got assessed a two-minute minor at 17:52 of the third period for closing his hand on the puck. Consequently, Detroit spent most of the final two minutes playing five-on-five with the Blues despite the fact that they pulled goaltender Jimmy Howard.
  • With this win, St. Louis has leapfrogged over Detroit to claim seventh place in the Western Conference
  1. leeo00 - Apr 7, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    I like ells but it is hard to put my confidence in him . I think these blues definitely make the play offs no matter who’s in goal . it might not be pretty but come the last week of the regular season I think they’ll have it figured out ! ! LGB

  2. eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 7, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    I can’t because it never was on my tv , here in Philly Red Wings – Blues this time of year dose nothing for me ! NBC get with it !

  3. polegojim - Apr 7, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    With the only goal being a ‘poke home’, it was very hard fought.

    Good Detroit physical effort…. but tentative puck play… just as Babcock screamed at them in the 3rd.

    Hockey is not a cerebral sport… takes intelligence, but Detroit tends to OVERTHINK it. One more pass is NOT a good thing. Put it on net.

    Go RED WINGS!!! But bring the Rain, just bring it.

  4. cardsfan773 - Apr 7, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    if you didnt watch the game & dont care about these teams, WHY are you reading the story and commenting on it. I would not wanna watch the Flyers play either

  5. kicksave1980 - Apr 7, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    @eiggles… Yeah, NBC probably forgot that the world revolves around the Northeastern US.

    /sarcasm

  6. northstarnic - Apr 7, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Couple of really bad calls may have decided the outcome here. Too many men on the ice non-call on StL just before they scored. Then the penalty call on zetterberg that absolutely was not a penalty in the last couple minutes – they essentially called him for trying to get his stick out of the grasp of the defender. Lame.

    • polegojim - Apr 7, 2013 at 9:04 PM

      Wish I could agree with you NorthStar… but the Wings played like they weren’t sure what to do with the puck too often to blame it on anyone… but themselves.

    • tridecagon - Apr 8, 2013 at 10:50 AM

      There were some soft penalty calls against the Blues as well – it balanced out in my view. The call against Zetterberg, he lost his mind and starting swinging because Perron was holding his stick, it was an obvious roughing penalty.

      Really good, fun to watch, clean, hard-hitting hockey game. But the difference was that the Blues had the will and strength to get to the net and pay the price.

  7. 13datsyuk13 - Apr 7, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Kronwall should have to turn hi A in.

  8. drez146 - Apr 7, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Yea cause everyone wants to watch the eastern conference all the time right? Get with it bub, there’s more to the country than the east coast

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