ST. LOUIS - The shutout streak may have ended, but the winning streak sure didn’t.
The Blues’ continued their dominant run on Tuesday night, picking up a fifth consecutive win with a 3-1 victory against a Colorado Avalanche club desperate for points. With the victory, the Blues kept pace with the Dallas Stars and remain tied for the top spot in the Western Conference and Central Division with 101 points.
The only blip in Tuesday’s game was Mikhail Grigorenko’s goal late in the first period, which ended the Blues’ shutout streak at 258 minutes and 29 seconds. The club had set an all-time franchise record with four consecutive shutout games.
Maybe giving up a goal wasn’t such a bad thing, though. That’s how Brian Elliott sees it at least.
“It’s almost like the pressure is off now,” Elliott said. “You let the goal in and you can move on from the streak and try to start another one. It was a hell of a run.”
Fans cheered and called "MOOOOOOSE!" after the goal, and rightfully so. Elliott’s individual shutout streak included 74 consecutive saves and 198 minutes and 12 seconds. Grigorenko’s goal was the first five-on-five goal the Blues had given up since March 16 against Edmonton, a span that included 304 minutes and 40 seconds of shutout hockey.
The shutout streak may be over, but a new one has begun. Forty-one minutes, 48 seconds.. and counting.