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Thursday, April 11, 2013

St. Louis Blues: Brian Elliott posts third consecutive shutout in win over Minnesota

Earlier this season, St. Louis Blues goalie Brian Elliott was struggling mightily and had been basically relegated to the press-box after the emergence of rookie Jake Allen. After a short "conditioning" stint in Peoria and following the aftermath of Jaroslav Halak's groin injury, Elliott has been incredible. So incredible, that he posted his third consecutive shutout in Thursday's 2-0 win over the Minnesota Wild.

Elliott stopped all 23 shots the Wild fired at him while blanking Minnesota to pick up two more very important points in the Western Conference standings. The Blues and Wild entered the game tied for sixth place in the standings.

The Blues received goals from Roman Polak and Andy McDonald and David Backes, Vladimir Tarasenko, Chris Porter and Chris Stewart all picked up assists.

During the three-game shutout streak, Elliott has stopped all 66 shots he has faced.

Thursday's shutout was Elliott's 12th in just two seasons in a Blues' uniform, which is extremely impressive. So is posting three consecutive shutouts.

The win was the sixth in a row for the Blues, who have not lost since the acquisitions of defensemen Jordan Leopold and Jay Bouwmeester. The defense has been solidified in front of Elliott and he has responded by blanking the opposition.

As the Blues witnessed first-hand during last year's Stanley Cup playoffs, defense and goaltending can carry you to a Cup victory and the Blues are now set-up to compete for the Cup if Elliott can continue to stay hot in net in front of the very stingy Blues' defense.