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After 12 days of shutout hockey, the Blues finally saw their historic streak come to an end Tuesday night.

Dating back to Mar. 16, the Blues had gone 12 periods and 258:29 without allowing a goal. The last opponent shot to find the back of the net was a Mark Letestu empty-net tally in a 6-4 loss to the Oilers.

The run was a historic one, as it broke a previous franchise record of 215:56 scoreless hockey set in 2012-13.

During the recent streak, Brian Elliott posted three of the team’s four-consecutive shutouts; Jake Allen earned the other one. The goaltenders had combined to stop 106 consecutive shots, including Elliott’s three saves prior to Colorado’s goal in Tuesday’s game.

“It's almost like the pressure's off now that you've let the goal in and you can move on and try to start another one,” said Elliott. “It was a helluva run. The guys played great and they continued tonight. Obviously in this league you're going to let in a couple of goals so all the credit to our guys and our team game.“

What is more impressive is that the team’s goaltenders did not allow an opponent goal in 280:02, with the Letestu goal being scored with the Blues’ net vacant. It was also the first five-on-five goal allowed by the team in 304:39.

The goal allowed by the Blues on Tuesday was a game-tying tally but that didn’t stop fans from giving a standing ovation. Team captain David Backes called it an oxymoron but it was a surreal moment on the ice.

“It was awesome,” said Elliott. “That's our fans. They recognize that we played five hard games that we took a shutout streak into. We have to take that and put it in our back pocket and keep plugging away at these last games here.”

Head coach Ken Hitchcock addressed the feeling on the bench overall of late and said it has a lot to do with the goaltenders but even more to do with the fans. That was on display Tuesday when the streak ended.

“What the players really notice is this is a full building in warm-up,” said Hitchcock. “This is a full building at the start of the game. The fans are excited. I think they're excited for the way the team plays. And they're excited with potentials and possibilities. It's an interesting dynamic because you come out and the building is ready to go. Like the fans are ready to go. The building is ready to go. And I've never seen the building so full just for warm-up. It's really really impressive. I mean this is a Tuesday night game and it's packed. I'm sure it will be packed against Boston. It's pretty impressive.”

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