Brian Elliott and the Blues took some Wite-out to the team's record books Tuesday night.
By making 24 saves in a 3-0 win over Nashville, Elliott recorded his third consecutive shutout, setting the Blues' all-time shutout record at 186 minutes, 33 seconds. His ninth shutout of the season also established a new club high.
"Three in a row is pretty unbelievable, when you think about it," Blues forward David Perron said. "Two in a row's pretty good ... three's just unbelievable."
The old club record for consecutive shutout time was 186:15, set by Manny Legace in 2007-08. The record for single-season shutouts was eight, set by Glenn Hall in 1968-69.
Meanwhile, the Blues' 15th shutout of the season, including six by Jaroslav Halak, tied the NHL's post-expansion record, which is held by Chicago (1969-70).
"It's an amazing run," Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne said. "Fifteen shutouts this season as a team ... that's pretty unbelievable."
Elliott had nine shutouts in his first 133 starts in the NHL. He has now has nine shutouts his last 31 starts.
Asked if he ever remembered a hot streak like this, the former NCAA champion with the Wisconsin Badgers said: "Maybe in college, (but) not at this level."
The Blues fought off the Predators' only power play of the game in the final two minutes Tuesday, preserving the shutout.
"The last five, maybe seven minutes, guys were focused on that," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. "Guys were talking about it, especially getting 'Ells' three in a row. That's a nice feeling to get something like that."
After the game, Elliott deflected the praise to his team.
"This type of game exemplifies how we want to play," Elliott said. "(Nashville) was excited to play. They could have clinched (a playoff spot) tonight if they'd won. We wanted to prove a point that we're not going to be pushed around, especially in our own building. Just getting little plays by everybody was huge tonight."
Despite three straight shutouts, Elliott will not be in net Thursday at Chicago. Despite a rule that his netminders receive an automatic start following a shutout, Hitchcock said it would be Jaroslav Halak manning the pipes in the Windy City.
"That's a new rule I just invented," Hitchcock quipped.
Defensemen are chipping in on offense
--D Alex Pietrangelo netted his 49th point of the season Tuesday night, climbing into second in the NHL in defensive scoring. With D Kevin Shattenkirk having 41 points, the Blues have two 40-point producers on the blue line for the first time since 2001-02, when Chris Pronger posted 47 and Al MacInnis had 46.
"That's insane. For us, it's a huge honor," Shattenkirk said. "Whenever you're talked about with those two guys, it's special. You don't really believe it, but we still have some work to do obviously. Both of us have stuck to our game. The coaches have just allowed us to play our game, and I think it paves the way for all the rest of the stuff."
--The Blues' increased their NHL-best point total to 105, staying in front of the New York Rangers (103). St. Louis added separation from Vancouver, which is No. 2 in the Western Conference (101), as well as Detroit (97) and Nashville (96).
--The Blues took a deep breath in the second period Tuesday when LW Alex Steen was hit in the right skate by a shot. Steen left the game momentarily but returned for the start of the third period. Tuesday night was just his second game back after missing 39 games with a concussion. In his first game back Sunday, he lost a couple of teeth when he was hit by a skate boot. "For two games, he's taken a lot of whacks," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "You develop quite a relationship with somebody after two years. Familiarity is always good thing to have." -- D Alex Pietrangelo, on being reunited with longtime defensive partner Carlo Colaiacovo on Tuesday night after a one-game stint with Barret Jackman.