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.
- How bad are things for the Kings after Monday? 4
- Lightning clinch playoff berth, but did they lose Hedman? 6
- Blackhawks tease good injury news for Kane 7
- Tough times in Tampa: Garrison out 3-4 weeks after ‘pretty dirty’ Abdelkader hit 22
- Playoff watch — what the bubble teams need to do 29
- NHL on NBCSN: Stakes high for Kings, ‘Hawks tonight 21
- Blackhawks’ Sharp: ‘We knew we had to get two points’ 12
- Video: Brian Engblom takes a puck to the head 13
- Flames jump back into third in Pacific, beat Preds 6
- Letang concussed, Penguins will dress five defensemen 18