Surging Blues get shutout, and a coaching milestone for Hitchcock
ST. LOUIS – Brian Elliott stopped 27 shots for his third shutout of the season and 28th of his career as the St. Louis Blues topped the slumping Toronto Maple Leafs 3-0 on Saturday night.
The win was No. 685 for Blues coach Ken Hitchcock, who passed former Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn and moved into sole possession of fifth place on the career victories list.
Alexander Steen extended his scoring streak to a career-high nine games with a goal and an assist, and David Backes added two assists for the Blues, extending his scoring streak to six games. St. Louis has earned a point in eight straight games and is 11-3-2 against Eastern Conference teams, best in the NHL.
•FOUR AND DONE: Tomas Plekanec scored two goals and added two assists for the Montreal Canadiens in a 6-4 victory over the Islanders in Montreal. New York, which had won four straight, fell behind Tampa Bay and into second place in the Eastern Conference. Kyle Okposo and Anders Lee were among New York's scorers.
•PREDATORS COOLED OFF: Tomas Tatar scored twice to help the Detroit Red Wings end Nashville's five-game winning streak with a 5-2 victory. Detroit chased Nashville goalie Carter Hutton from the game after three goals and only one save.
•RELIEF FOR FLYERS: Chris VandeVelde's third-period breakaway goal helped Philadelphia end a six-game road losing streak and send the Sabres to their 10th straight regulation loss with a 4-3 victory.
•TOO CLOSE: Antoine Roussel and Jamie Benn scored 16 seconds apart in the third period, and the host Dallas Stars edged the Capitals 5-4 after losing a 3-0 lead in the third period. Washington's Justin Peters had 21 in his first start since Nov. 29.
•CALLAHAN FEELING LUCKY: Ryan Callahan scored in regulation and got the decisive goal in the shootout for Tampa Bay in its 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche. Ryan O'Reilly and Nathan MacKinnon scored for the Avalanche. MacKinnon's goal tied with 6.8 seconds remaining.
•GOODBYE TO COLUMBUS' SKID: Matt Calvert scored the go-ahead goal with 3:03 left in the third and added an empty-netter in the final minute as the Columbus Blue Jackets ended a four-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory at Boston..
•MONKEY OFF BACK: The Edmonton Oilers ended a franchise-record 14-game road losing streak when Nail Yakupov's decisive shootout goal gave them a 3-2 victory over the Florida Panthers.