Mar 27, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues goalie Brian Elliott (1) knocks the puck away from Nashville Predators right wing Alexander Radulov (47) during the first period at the Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE
The Blues shutout the Predators, tying an NHL record of team shutouts in a season thanks to Brian Elliott's 24-save performance.
Pekka Rinne stopped 21 of 24 shots, but it wasn't enough against Brian Elliott, who stopped all 24 shots as the St. Louis Blues tied an NHL-best 15 shutouts in a season after they beat the Nashville Predators, 3-0.
The Blues seem to be picking up steam with the playoffs around the corner, now leading the league with 105 points and going 6-2-2 in their last 10 games. It also helped that everyone was in on the action all around the ice. Jamie Langenbrunner broke the ice in the second period to give the Blues the 1-0 lead, and after Jason Arnott was Alexander Steen with the secondary assist, receiving his first point since returning from a concussion that sidelined him for 39 games.
Nashville was hanging in there, with Alexander Radulov helping to create chances on various line matchups and Rinne making big stops on St. Louis. However, less than four minutes in, as Elliott made a huge save on Mike Fisher, David Perron scored on a backhand to put the Blues up, 2-0. After a goal from T.J. Oshie got waived off due to incidental contact, Oshie made sure he made one count, scoring with exactly four minutes remaining in the game to top off the score.
The Preds played hard, and earned their first power play with two minutes to go, due to the obviously lax officiating in a divisional matchup, but they seemed to be missing something -- probably the energy and presence of Jordin Tootoo, who sustained an injury in Nashville's drubbing of the Chicago Blackhawks. The Predators have played well lately, especially with Rinne in net, but they might want to give the stellar goaltending a chance with some consistent goal-support, which would have helped in playing a team they normally do well against.
Meanwhile, the Blues have tied the 1969-70 Blackhawks with 15 team shutouts this entire season. With Elliott's goaltending and now his third consecutive shutout, it's not impossible for St. Louis to extend that mark. After all, they are first overall in the league and there are only five games left in their season ... what else is there to do?