Elliott sharp as Blues top Wings
DETROIT – Brian Elliott stopped 29 shots in the St. Louis Blues' latest victory, though he didn't face many great chances.
Elliott came within less than 2 ½ minutes of handing Detroit its first shutout in 69 games, Dmitri Jaskin scored a key third-period goal, and the Blues beat the Red Wings 2-1 Wednesday night.
"We're playing well, even if we're giving up a lot of shots," Elliott said. "When someone makes a big block, that makes a huge difference."
Henrik Zetterberg spoiled Elliott's shutout bid with 2:13 remaining with a power-play goal through Justin Abdelkader's screen to pull Detroit within one.
"We created enough chances to score than one goal, especially in the first 10 minutes, but we've got to put the puck in the net," Zetterberg said. "We're working hard, but we're not getting the second puck often enough. That's where you get goals in this league."
•AVS BEAT THE CLOCK: Francois Beauchemin scored with 31 seconds left in the third period, giving the Avalanche a 2-1 victory over the Sabres in Denver. Colorado's Alex Tanguay tied the score 1-1 midway through the third, and Semyon Varlamov finished with 27 saves.
•CUP REMATCH: The Blackhawks, who stretched their winning streak to 12 games Tuesday against Dallas, hit the road for a Stanley Cup Final rematch with the Lightning in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday. Chicago hasn't lost a game in 2016, and owns a five-point lead in the Central Division, a fairly remarkable feat considering they were 13 points behind the Stars when the streak began Dec. 29. "We're confident, but at the same time we know we could probably play even better," winger Patrick Kane said. "We can play better with leads, we can maybe attack more."