Blues notch team-record 14th shutout of season vs. Coyotes

Monday, March 26, 2012

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Brian Elliott made 20 saves for his eighth shutout and St. Louis' franchise-record 14th of the season in the NHL-leading Blues' 4-0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Sunday night.

Elliott extended his shutout streak to 127 minutes, 38 seconds, and tied the Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist and the Kings' Jonathan Quick for the NHL lead in shutouts. Elliott and Jaroslav Halak have combined for 14 shutouts to break the team mark of 13 set by Glenn Hall and Jacques Plante in 1968-69.

Elliott and Halak are the first goalie pair in NHL history to each have at least six shutouts in one season.

Alex Pietrangelo and David Backes both scored power-play goals, and Patrik Berglund and Ryan Reaves connected at even strength to help the Blues increase their points total to 103, two more than the Rangers.

The Coyotes remained seventh in the Western Conference with 87 points, one point ahead of Los Angeles, San Jose and Colorado. Phoenix and Colorado have played 77 games, while Los Angeles and San Jose have played 75.

Pietrangelo opened the scoring with the man advantage in the second period.

Backes added his 23rd of the season on a tip in front of Jason LaBarbera at 4:09 of the final period.

The Coyotes had early opportunities on two power plays but did not capitalize. Their best chance in the opening period came late in the session.

Kyle Chipchura broke in with Alexandre Bolduc on Elliott, but Bolduc was too close to get off a good shot.

The Coyotes had another power-play opportunity late in the period, but that was negated when Antoine Vermette was called for hooking at 18:57 to create a 4-on-4 situation.

With Vermette still in the penalty box and Phoenix skating short-handed, Pietrangelo scored when his shot beat LaBarbera to the short side 33 seconds into the second period. The goal was Pietrangelo's second in his last 22 games.

The Coyotes, last in the league in power-play efficiency, finished 0 for 4 with the man advantage.

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