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Elliott breaks Blues’ shutout record

Jonas Hiller, Jori Lehtera, Jaden Schwartz

Jonas Hiller, Jori Lehtera, Jaden Schwartz


While the Calgary Flames are not be happy with the outcome of last night’s 4-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues, they weren’t too down on themselves.

“I rarely say after a 4-0 loss, ‘We played a decent game,’ ” Flames head coach Bob Hartley told the Calgary Sun. They simply had their hands full with a great team playing an effective game in front of a solid goaltender. Blues netminder Brian Elliott got some help, but he also did his part, stopping 25 shots, and in the process made a little bit of history.

That was his 21st shutout since he joined the Blues in 2011-12, which is a new franchise best. He beat former teammate Jaroslav Halak’s mark of 20 shutouts.

“It’s definitely something you don’t really think about, franchise records,” Elliott said, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I didn’t even see myself in St. Louis four years ago. So it’s kind of weird. But it was a complete team effort, and these past four years, guys have been putting their bodies on the line to block shots and really playing hard in front of me. It’s definitely a testament to these last four years that I’ve been here.”

Elliott has a 2.11 GAA, .922 save percentage, and five shutouts in 40 contests this season. Those are impressive numbers, but given the 29-year-old’s relative lack of playoff experience (he’s played in 18 games), it will be interesting to see how he does, especially seeing as expectations are high for St. Louis this year.

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