St. Louis Blues, Brian Elliott Blank Detroit Red Wings for Win

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The St. Louis Blues won their fourth consecutive game this afternoon against the Detroit Red Wings in a shutout by a score of 1-0.

Blues goaltender Brian Elliott was perfect in net by stopping all 28 shots he faced from the Red Wings. It was his first shutout of the season, but 19th of his career. There was just a sole goal scored in the entire game by the Blues’ Chris Porter, who recently extended his contract with the Blues by two years, with only 3:32 left in the second period. Otherwise, Detroit’s Jimmy Howard stopped 24 of 25 of St. Louis’ shots on net.

This loss drops the Red Wings from seventh to eighth in the Western Conference standings while the win moves the Blues up in the standings to tie for sixth with the Minnesota Wild. With the recent wins, the Blues are making a strong effort to make it into the playoffs for a serious run at the Stanley Cup. Goaltending will be important so the hard work from Elliott will only strengthen St. Louis’ place in the standings.

”We’re going to need that (great goaltending),” Blues’ coach Ken Hitchcock said. ”I think every game the rest of the year is going to be like this.” (via Fox Sports)

The Blues will look to make it five in a row when they play the Nashville Predators at home on Tuesday evening.  The puck is set to drop at 7:00 at the Bridgestone Arena.

Stephanie Lewark is an NHL and Pittsburgh Penguins Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter (@steelcitysports), check out her Facebook page, or add her to your Google+ circle.

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