Elliott stops 24 as Blues rattle the Sabres 2-1
AP April 5, 2014, 12:09 am TWN
ST. LOUIS -- Brian Elliott stopped 24 shots as the St. Louis Blues beat the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 on Thursday for their club-record 52nd victory.
Maxim Lapierre and Brenden Morrow scored as St. Louis improved to 14-2-0 in their last 16 games against Buffalo. The previous record for wins in a season belonged to the 1999-2000 Blues, who won 51 games on their way to their last Presidents' Trophy.
Elliott's shutout string ended at 166 minutes, 33 seconds, but he still moved to 18-5-2 overall and 10-1 at home this season. He was coming off a 1-0 win at Pittsburgh when he had 33 stops.
St. Louis also moved into a tie with Boston for the most points in the league with 111. The Bruins lost 4-3 to Toronto in overtime.
Buffalo's Cody Hodgson scored a power-play goal at 19:04 of the third period.
Maple Leafs 4, Bruins 3, OT Nazem Kadri scored 2:51 into overtime, giving Toronto the win.
Brad Marchand, Milan Lucic and Patrice Bergeron scored for Boston, which lost back-to-back games for the first time since Feb. 26 and March 1. Chad Johnson made 27 saves.
Bergeron tied it at 12:51 of the third against backup goalie James Reimer, after Lucic scored 5:03 into the final period.
Paul Ranger, Tyler Bozak and James van Riemsdyk scored for Toronto, which finished the game without goaltender Jonathan Bernier.
It remains to be seen how severe Bernier's injury is. He left 7:22 into the third period after Ranger pushed Patrice Bergeron into him.
Avalanche 3, Rangers 2 Colorado's Tyson Barrie scored in the final minute of regulation, and then scored again in the shootout.
Semyon Varlamov had 29 saves for Colorado, which has won five in a row. Varlamov also stopped each of New York's attempts in the shootout.
The Avalanche maintained a three-point lead on the Blackhawks for second place in the Central Division. The Blackhawks beat Minnesota in a shootout but still lag behind Colorado with 10 days left in the season.
Henrik Lundqvist had 35 saves for the Rangers, who gained a point on Philadelphia despite the loss. Derek Stepan and John Moore scored for New York.
Blackhawks 3, Wild 2, SO Marian Hossa scored the lone goal in the shootout as the Blackhawks stopped a three-game losing streak.
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