Impressive stats continue to roll in following Brian Elliott‘s shutout of the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday afternoon. He put on a show against the Cup-contending Penguins, stopping all 33 shots that he saw. The St. Louis Blues only managed one goal on the evening, and Elliott’s shutout was the difference between halting a two-game losing streaking and seeing it grow.
With the performance, Elliott moved into a second-place tie with Glenn Hall on the all-time shutout list in Blues history.
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) March 23, 2014
Perhaps more impressively is just how quickly the 28-year-old was able to reach 25 career shutouts. His company is nothing short of all-world, all-time and elite.
.@KidElls1 is also the fifth-fastest goalie to reach 25 shutouts (209 starts). Only Esposito, Sawchuk, Cechmanek & Plante were quicker.
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) March 24, 2014
This will be an interesting subscript to keep an eye on as the regular season winds down. Ryan Miller is clearly the No. 1 guy in St. Louis, but Elliott continues to play steady each and ever time head coach Ken Hitchcock gives him a start. What happens if the Blues struggle through two games in the opening round and Miller is at fault.
Do they check to Elliott, who is 17-5-2 on the year with a .921 save percentage? No one is hoping for that scenario—no one except Elliott’s personal banker—but it’s worth keeping in mind.