The St. Louis Blues battled the Pittsburgh Penguins, and came out victorious with a 1-0 win. Brian Elliot had the shutout for the Blues, stopping all 33 shots and earning his fourth shutout of the season. David Backes had the lone goal in the third period in this playoff worthy match-up.
Neither goaltender was willing to give up a goal in the early stages of the game. After going scoreless through two periods, with the Blues managing to kill off a few key penalties, they were determined not to give the Penguins any momentum. It wasn’t until the third period that the Blues cracked the tie and put the puck past Marc Andre Fleury. Alex Steen released a slap shot from the point that deflected off of Backes and into the net.
The Blues then held off the Penguins for the remaining eight minutes of the third period. These are two of the top teams in both the Eastern and Western Conference who are both in the hunt for the President’s Cup. This game was sure to get fans fired up for the playoffs.
The St. Louis Blues clinched a playoff spot with the help of the Boston Bruins beating the Phoenix Coyotes 4-2 on Saturday night. This is the third consecutive season the Blues have reached the playoffs, and the 38th time in franchise history.
The Blues continue the hunt for the President’s Cup against the Toronto Maple Leafs at 6PM (CST) on Tuesday, March 28th.