ST. LOUIS -- Ken Hitchcock knew he was getting close to 700 NHL victories, and in doing so thought about one of his closest friends.
Hitchcock became the fourth coach to win 700 when the Blues defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 1-0 in a shootout at Scottrade Center on Thursday.
"I've been thinking about that since Pat, since I tied Pat there a while back," said Hitchcock, who coached the Flyers from 2002-07. "It's been fun. Doesn't feel very long. I've really enjoyed most of the stops. I've really enjoyed working with this group. Hopefully continue working on what we've got.
"It really started to impact me emotionally the number I got where Pat was at and then him passing away suddenly and stuff like that."
"There's nobody in the company of Al and Scotty," Hitchcock, 63, said. "Between [Stanley] Cups and wins ... I think if Al wanted to coach a few more years, he would have been way up there too.
"I've said this before, first thing is the guy you work with ... it's the general manager. That's the key for me. I've been really fortunate that way. And then secondly for me is you've got to have good teams. I came right out of the gate in Dallas and had good teams and I've had good teams that were really building something in Columbus that kind of derailed a little bit, but other than that, I've been on nothing but good teams. That's how you get where you're at."
Elliott made 28 saves and tied Jaroslav Halak for the Blues record with his 20th shutout for them. He did it in his 131st game with St. Louis; Halak accomplished it in 159 games.
"It's cool when you get individual accolades, but you always say when you get a shutout, especially in a game like that, it's a whole team thing," Elliott said. "It's a team stat how the guys play in front of you. You're not out there alone."
"We went through the slump and [the Predators] kind of pulled away," Blues right wing Ryan Reaves said. "But I've been saying this all season, every team kind of goes through that. They're just going through it right now. It allowed us to catch up. We've just got to keep plugging away because you don't know what they're going to do over there."
Goalie Steve Mason made 35 saves for the Flyers (28-27-14). He is the third goalie to have multiple shootout shutout losses in same season (Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, 2009-10; and Stars goalie Marty Turco, 2008-09).
"It was good game overall," Mason said. "I was happy with that. Got some help from the posts, which you need sometimes.
"It’s not an easy place to play in that's for sure. They’re a big, heavy team. Especially at home, the Blues play a hard game."
Philadelphia is 10 points behind the Boston Bruins for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference; Boston defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 in a shootout Thursday.
The Flyers have scored five goals going 0-2-2 the past four games.
"I think when pucks were around the net, we were playing as a team and we had our chances," Flyers captain Claude Giroux said. "We had pucks on net, we had our chances and we've got to find a way to put it in."
Mason made the save of the game with 9:30 remaining, stopping Jori Lehtera from the goalie's left after a Flyers turnover and a feed from Tarasenko. Mason then stopped Dmitrij Jaskin from the slot with 8:57 left.
St. Louis' Alexander Steen hit the post for the second time with 5:55 remaining. He had Mason beat on a second-period power play in the final minute but hit the post.
Elliott made his biggest save on Voracek, using his left pad after a Tarasenko turnover on a drop pass with 7:32 to go. He made a glove save former Blues defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo in overtime.
"Mason played unbelievable down at the other end, so I was just trying to keep pace," Elliott said. "We played our game that we wanted to, I think. My guys were blocking shots. You saw [Petteri] Lindbohm go down in a butterfly to take one kind of in the chest. That's the sacrifices guys were making."