ST. LOUIS - Luckily for the St. Louis Blues, goalie Brian Elliott has not needed much offensive support lately.
On Friday night, he saw his teammates score two goals - more than he has been used to seeing - and that was enough for Elliott and the Blues to defeat the Dallas Stars 2-1.
The Blues have scored a total of eight goals during regulation in Elliott's last seven starts this month. Despite that lack of offense, Elliott improved his personal record for the month to 8-1. He won two of those games 1-0, one 2-0 and three by 2-1 scores, two of those victories coming in shootouts. The only game he lost came when the Blues were shut out 2-0 by Chicago.
Elliott was playing his second game in as many nights after coming within 67 seconds of getting his fourth shutout of the month Thursday night before a late goal by Phoenix tied the game and sent it eventually to a shootout, which the Blues won.
After Elliott's team staked him to a 2-0 lead Friday, the Stars cut the margin to 2-1 on a deflection by Antoine Roussel 4:37 into the third period. Dallas came into the game on fire, having scored 27 goals in its previous seven games.
The Blues jumped in front 1-0 midway through the first period when Chris Stewart knocked in the rebound of a shot by Alex Pietrangelo while St. Louis was on a power-play for his team-leading 17th goal of the season. The goal was the first by the Blues with a man advantage in seven games and broke an 0-for-18 stretch during power-play chances.
It had been even longer, eight games, since Stewart had scored a goal.
It had been almost that long, five games, since the Blues had scored two goals in the same game in regulation or overtime, but they got the second goal against the Stars when Ryan Reaves scored off a rebound 7:32 into the second period.
The win kept the Blues in sixth place in the Western Conference standings, one point behind Los Angeles and San Jose, which are tied for fourth. The loss kept the Stars tied for ninth place, one spot out of the playoffs and two points behind eighth-place Columbus. Both St. Louis and Dallas have four games remaining in the regular season.
NOTES: St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock said he had not been contacted by the NHL after receiving a game misconduct penalty at the end of Thursday night's shootout victory against the Phoenix Coyotes. Hitchcock went onto the ice after the game to try to speak to the officials about a hit on Pietrangelo near the end of regulation and criticized the officials for not calling a penalty on the play during his post-game comments. ... Goalie Jaroslav Halak has resumed skating for the Blues, but there is no timetable for his return. He has not played since April 1, when he suffered a lower-body injury. ... Dallas defenseman Trevor Daley was a pregame scratch because of an upper-body injury. He was replaced in the lineup by Jordie Benn. ... The Blues will play their final road game of the season on Sunday at Colorado before finishing the regular season with three home games next week. ... Dallas also has four games left, two at home and two on the road, with the Stars' next game on Sunday in Los Angeles.