The St. Louis Blues got shootout goals from Andy McDonald and Alex Steen and Brian Elliott stopped both of his attempts as the Blues scored a 2-1 shootout win over the Vancouver Canucks, Tuesday night in St. Louis. The win was also the 600th for coach Ken Hitchcock. Recently acquired defenseman Jay Bouwmeester scored his first goal as a member of the Blues, coming at 10:50 of the third period that tied the game at 1-1.
The Canucks had a 1-0 lead on a powerplay goal from Alexander Edler with 13 seconds left in the second period.
Hitchcock became the 11th coach in NHL history and second active (Joel Quenneville is the other) to reach 600 victories. Along with Hitchcock, six of them have coached the Blues at one point — Scotty Bowman, Al Arbour, Jacques Martin, Quenneville and Mike Keenan. Hitchcock’s first came on Jan. 22, 1996, with the Dallas Stars beating the Canucks 6-4 in Vancouver. The losing goaltender that night was Corey Hirsch, now Hitchcock’s goalie coach.