Mar 9, 2014, 11:27 PM EDT
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.
- 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:
In case you’re wondering, the Boston Bruins’ Sunday win leaves them atop the East side with 89 points.
- Ouch: Wild reportedly suspend Harding for ‘non-hockey injury’ 4
- Keeping Kuemper: Wild sign goalie to two-year deal reportedly worth $2.5M 9
- Selanne regrets harsh words toward Boudreau 3
- Flyers’ Timonen admits chances of playing are ‘really slim’ 7
- Desjardins (a.k.a. not Torts) makes good first impression on Canucks 22
- Leafs deny rift between Kessel and coaching staff 20
- Injured Crosby, Malkin will miss start of Pens’ camp 10
- Selanne rips Boudreau in book 18
- Just how damaging are heated negotiations between Jackets, RFA Johansen? 38
- Panthers owners say they’re committed even though team has lost ‘tremendous amounts of money’ 12
- Chiarelli: At some point, I’m going to have to trade a defenseman (56)
- Jackets reveal Johansen offers — including an eight year, $46M deal (54)
- Will the NHL publicize divers? (48)
- No icing on the PK? The USHL will see how that looks (43)