The Blues matched the franchise record for victories in a season Tuesday night at Scottrade Center, and they did so in style.
In one of the most exciting games of the season, the Note beat the visiting Philadelphia Flyers 1-0 in a shootout before 18,647.

After 65 minutes of a scoreless standoff, Olympic shooting star T.J. Oshie began the shootout session with his ninth SO goal in 12 attempts.

With that 1-0 edge, Blues netminder Ryan Miller stopped Vincent Lecavalier and Claude Giroux in succession before defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk beat Flyers goalie Ray Emery to end the struggle.

After a disappointing loss to Dallas on Saturday, Miller showed Blues fans what all the excitement was about when he was acquired in a trade March 1.

He stopped 31 shots, often in spectacular fashion, to get his first Blues shutout and 29th career whitewash.

“He was terrific,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. “He was focused and competitive and whatever else we needed him to be ... We needed him badly today.

“He stood tall. This was a game that was 1-0 in overtime (shootout) and it could have been 7-6, easily.”

In the 46-year history of the franchise, this Blues team (51-17-7) became the second to reach 51 wins, matching the total achieved by the 1999-2000 Blues, a team coached by Joel Quenneville and quarterbacked by Al MacInnis and Chris Pronger.

It should be pointed out this edition has captured nine of its 51 wins via overtime-shootouts, a tiebreaking vehicle that did not exist before 2005. The 1999-200 team had 11 ties.

Shattenkirk is now three for six in shootouts, which pales to Oshie’s mark. But it ain’t bad for a defenseman.

“It’s exciting,” Shattenkirk said. “Every kid grows up wanting to win the game in those moments. When you finally get the opportunity, it’s really something you hope to cherish and make the most of.”

One thing is certain, win No. 51 was one of the most hard-earned of the season. And for Miller, it was redemption.