CALGARY - Brian Elliott put himself ahead of some elite company with a 25-save shutout Tuesday night in Calgary.
The 29-year-old goaltender became the Blues’ all-time franchise leader in shutouts with his 21st shutout as a Blue. Elliott now leads a list that includes names like Glenn Hall (16), Grant Fuhr (11), Jacques Plante (10) and Mike Liut (10).
“It’s pretty cool. You don’t really think about it as it’s happening, but some of those guys on the list are pretty special names,” Elliott said after Tuesday’s game. “I’m just honored to even be on that list, but it’s really about how the guys play in front of you. The last four years here for me, guys have made sacrifices by blocking shots with their faces. That’s really how those shutouts come about. We’ve had a good team game since I’ve been here, and I’m just part of it.”
Elliott’s 21 shutouts since joining the Blues are the second most in the League since the start of the 2011-12 season and just one behind Los Angeles’ Jonathan Quick (22).
Through 40 games this season, Elliott is 24-11-2 with a 2.11 goals-against average, a .922 save-percentage and five shutouts. Elliott has posted 29 shutouts in his 274-game NHL career.
“It’s a big milestone. Obviously we’re very happy for him,” Alexander Steen said. “He’s a goalie that’s worked extremely hard to get to where he is right now, which I think makes it that much sweeter and fun for us.”
“He’s just been solid,” said Blues Head Coach Ken Hitchcock. “Our goaltending has really been the story for the last 10 days or so. These guys have given us a chance to win every night.”Blues Shutout Leaders
1. Brian Elliott - 21
2. Jaroslav Halak - 20
3. Glenn Hall - 16
4. Roman Turek - 13
5. Brent Johnson - 12
6. Grant Fuhr - 11
7. Manny Legace - 10
8. Jacques Plante - 10
9. Mike Liut - 10
10. Greg Millen - 9