Blues' Elliott gets third shutout of season

Blues' Elliott gets third shutout of season

Blues' Elliott gets third shutout of season

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Posted on November 25, 2011 at 11:00 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 25 at 11:36 PM

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Brian Elliott stopped 24 shots in his third shutout this season, David Backes added a goal and an assist and the St. Louis Blues beat the Calgary Flames 2-0 on Friday night.

Alex Pietrangelo also scored for the Blues, who are 6-1-2 since Ken Hitchcock took over as coach. 

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The Flames, who have been blanked three times in 21 games, got 22 stops from Miikka Kiprusoff.

 Backes gave the Blues a 1-0 lead with a short-handed goal, powering his way past Flames defenseman TJ Brodie and lifting a shot over Kiprusoff's glove 10:39 into the game.

Elliott, who leads the league in goals-against average and save percentage, did his best to preserve the one-goal lead in the third period, stopping Brendan Morrison in tight, then thwarting breakaway attempts by Jarome Iginla and Alex Tanguay. Elliott is now 9-1 on the season.

Pietrangelo gave the Blues a two-goal cushion when he put Alex Steen's feed from the slot into the top of the net past Kiprusoff with 6:43 to play. Backes won the puck in the corner on a big check of Flames defenseman Chris Butler then got it to Steen, who found Pietrangelo.

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