Blues' goalie's shutout streak ended by Blackhawks

Chicago left wing Bryan Bickell (right) scores during the second period of a 2-0 victory to end St. Louis goalie Brian Elliott's shutout streak at 214 minutes.

ST. LOUIS — Corey Crawford stopped 30 shots and the Chicago Blackhawks got goals from Bryan Bickell and Marian Hossa for a 2-0 win over St. Louis on Sunday, ending Blues goalie Brian Elliott’s shutout streak at three games.


The Blackhawks lead the NHL with 68 points, and have won five in a row. They’re 3-1 against the Blues, all with Crawford in net.

The Blues rarely tested Crawford until the third period and lost their second in a row in front of a standing room crowd of 19,385 that had a healthy contingent of Blackhawks fans. St. Louis has seven games remaining, all but one at home.

Bickell tapped in his own rebound on a rush early in the second period to end Elliott’s streak at 214 minutes. Hossa’s short-handed goal off a faceoff win by Jonathan Toews was the crusher early in the third, coming 17 seconds after Duncan Keith was whistled for cross-checking David Backes in front of the Chicago net.

Elliott shut out the Red Wings, Predators and Wild in succession on the road for a franchise record scoreless run of 189 minutes and 23 seconds.

He set franchise records with nine shutouts and a shutout streak of 241 minutes and 33 seconds last season.


In Buffalo, N.Y., Jhonas Enroth stopped 32 shots in helping the Sabres keep up their late-season playoff push with a win over slumping Tampa Bay.

Tyler Ennis got his first goal in 12 games, and Jochen Hecht and Kevin Porter also scored for Buffalo (18-19-6), which took over sole possession of 10th place in the Eastern Conference. With five games left, the Sabres moved four points behind the New York Rangers for the East’s eighth and final playoff spot.

Benoit Pouliot scored for the Lightning.


In Nashville, Tenn., Henrik Zetterberg scored in the second period, and Detroit beat the Predators for a crucial two points in their chase to extend their streak of playoff berths.

The Red Wings got their first win in four games, the past two shootout losses, and moved into sole possession of eighth in the Western Conference two points ahead of Dallas and Columbus.

Johan Franzen also scored a goal, and Justin Abdelkader added an empty-netter late.

Jimmy Howard made 22 saves.



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