ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Brian Elliott gave the St. Louis Blues another shootout shutdown. Coach Ken Hitchcock said it never should have gone that far, criticizing officials for missing a boarding call that led to the tying goal.
Hitchcock was so incensed after Elliott stopped all three shootout chances in the Blues' 2-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday night that he was whistled for a 10-minute misconduct. He said Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo was checked from behind "almost to the fifth row" by the Coyotes' Martin Hanzal, freeing the puck from a scrum in the corner just before Radim Vrbata's power-play goal with 1:07 to go.
"There's no ice in the fifth row last I looked," Hitchcock added. "From behind."
Hitchcock had no quarrel with a cross-checking penalty to Blues captain David Backes that gave the Coyotes a late power play.
"You can't take that penalty at that time and he knows it, OK?" Hitchcock said. &qu...