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Blues finish night on top of NHL standings after shootout win

Mar 9, 2014, 11:27 PM EST

The St. Louis Blues rested Ryan Miller, but they didn’t fall back from their frantic pace, as a 3-2 shootout win against the Minnesota Wild leaves them atop the Central Division, Western Conference and overall NHL standings as of Sunday night.

Miller, Brian Elliott, the Blues are rattling off some impressive streaks in the process, as NHL.com’s Lou Korac and others note:

  • Ken Hitchcock is now alone at seventh place all-time in coaching wins with 649, breaking a tie with Ron Wilson.
  • Elliott is now 6-0-0 against the Wild while the Blues have beaten Minnesota eight times in a row.
  • This one you might already know: St. Louis is an incredible 18-0-1 against very good Central Division opponents.

Beyond Elliott, T.J. Oshie had a nice night. He scored this goal:

… And also helped the Blues end Ilya Bryzgalov‘s Wild debut in defeat via (you guessed it) the shootout.

(Yup, “Mr. Shootout” seems pretty fair.)

Here’s an updated look at the Western Conference playoff picture after wins for the Blues, Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings:

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In case you’re wondering, the Boston Bruins’ Sunday win leaves them atop the East side with 89 points.

  1. mp1131211 - Mar 9, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    Bryz looked sloppy and unreliable. I hope this isn’t a sign of things to come in Minnesota.

  2. lowenni - Mar 9, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    18-0-1 against divisional opponents??? Wow, that’s d*mn impressive. Not saying they’re the best team in the league (although they very well might be), but they’re gonna be real hard to beat in the playoffs. Plus their team is built for the playoffs, tough, hard-working, two-way players.

    • areaman714 - Mar 10, 2014 at 5:06 AM

      . . . and 1-8 against the Ducks, Kings, and Sharks. Just saying, no reason to get excited at this point. We shall see who playing well come the end of April. You want the President’s Trophy? You got it. It clutters up the rafters, at least . . .

  3. jhaegs - Mar 10, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    Good to see them pull it off after such a physical game last night. Elliot had some amazing saves!

    LGB

  4. blomfeld - Mar 10, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    WE OFFER YOU BLUES BANANAS ! :)

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    Don’t know about other King’s fans here, but man am I ever praying that we can get our hands on these people come playoff time ! … Two for two ? … heck let’s make it three ! :)

    • stevedurbano - Mar 10, 2014 at 12:23 AM

      I want the Kings first round.

  5. strictlythedanks - Mar 10, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    The blues are a great team, I wish the wild could have pulled that one out. Moulson has looked really god thus far

  6. mcphillthy - Mar 10, 2014 at 12:36 AM

    Sorry Minnesota but what you see is exactly what you should expect. He also comes with locker room baggage and lots of friends in the media.
    Read some articles about what his former team mates is Philly and phoenix say about him. I really feel sorry for you after this signing. He is a cancer to a team.
    Before long he will be blaming the defense for all the soft goals he gives up.

    • mp1131211 - Mar 10, 2014 at 2:07 AM

      I’m thinking he’ll be gone next year anyway.

    • credible316 - Mar 10, 2014 at 10:27 AM

      That’s fine since he won’t be starting unless of an injury or the second of a back to back.

    • c9castine - Mar 10, 2014 at 12:55 PM

      You sound jaded.

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  8. guitarhunterdude - Mar 10, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    People are going to put all the blame on Bryzgalov for the loss? I thought he looked like exactly what he is: a solid backup. It was a very even game all night, and Bryz was solid in net after he worked the rust off in the first. It’s not like Kuemper’s been much better than that the last few games; he needed a break. Bottom line, the Wild got a point from the best team in the league, and outplayed them at times. I was pretty happy about it.

  9. credible316 - Mar 10, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Tough exciting game to watch. I think I pulled all of my hair out after Elliot paddle saved Granlunds open net chance. AAAHHHHHH!!!!!!

    I’m excited for this years playoffs, anything can happen in the west.

  10. stepanup - Mar 10, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    “This one you might already know: St. Louis is an incredible 18-0-1 against very good Central Division opponents.”

    *In the Achmed the dead terrorist voice* “Holy crap”

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