NHL Game Summary - St. Louis at Detroit|
(Sunday, April 7th)
Final Score: St. Louis 1, Detroit 0
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Brian Elliott was spectacular in a 28-save
shutout as the St. Louis Blues posted a 1-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings on
Thanks to Elliott's first shutout of the season, St. Louis now has 44 points
on the season, one more than Detroit for the seventh seed in the Western
Chris Porter scored the only goal of the game on assists from Barret Jackman
and Patrik Berglund for the Blues, who have won four straight.
Jimmy Howard stopped 24 shots as the Red Wings lost for a fourth time in their
past six games to fall to the eighth spot in the West.
"I thought it was a real good game and our guys competed hard," said Detroit
head coach Mike Babcock. "We executed real good and both sides had their
chances, but it was them who got one to go in. This was playoff hockey."
Porter's goal came at the 16:28 mark of the second period as the puck bounced
around in the slot and went on net. It then sat in the crease before Porter
whacked it in for his second of the year.
After stopping 20 shots through the first two frames, Elliott was called upon
several times in the latter half of the third period to preserve the lead.
His first nice stop came on a save off a Henrik Zetterberg floating backhander
from the slot with eight minutes left. He then stopped Pavel Datsyuk down low
and Niklas Kronwall a bit later during a sequence in the St. Louis end with
under five minutes to play.
Elliott came up with his finest stop with Howard pulled for an extra attacker
as he made a glove save on a Datsyuk shot from the slot through a screen with
20.9 seconds to play to preserve the win.
Elliott has 19 career shutouts ... St. Louis plays in Nashville on Tuesday ...
Detroit hosts San Jose on Thursday ... The Blues won three of the five games
against the Red Wings this season.
04/07 17:59:56 ET