Brian Elliott had not allowed a goal since Chicago scored with 4 minutes, 31 seconds left in regulation in the Blues’ 4-3 shootout win over the Blackhawks on April 4.

Elliott had turned aside 73 consecutive shots, accounting for three-plus games of shutout work, a streak that paused Friday at 189 minutes, 29 seconds. In the last week, he’s registered back-to-back 1-0 wins over Detroit and Nashville and a 2-0 victory over Minnesota.

But when the Blues dropped the puck against Columbus on Friday, Elliott was on the bench, as Hitchcock gave rookie Jake Allen the assignment. Allen allowed four goals on 19 shots in a 4-1 loss to the Blue Jackets.

“We’ve always said if you get a shutout, you get a reward,” Hitchcock said. “But then you’ve got to think in common sense.”

Elliott would have been making his third start in four nights and his fourth start in six nights Friday. After leaving Minnesota on Thursday, the club did not arrive in Columbus until 2:30 a.m. And on Sunday, they will host Chicago in a game that starts at 11:30 a.m.

“I think it would be a different thought process if the Sunday game was an evening game,” Hitchcock said. “But with it being 11:30 in the morning, I think it’s going to be a tough recovery day (Sunday) for everybody.

“So I don’t think it’s fair to Brian or to Jake. Jake has played awfully well. We feel confident in both guys. I just think from an energy standpoint, to play goal, you need to have a certain level of energy. I don’t think you play (well) if you’re tired or if you’re overworked. So both guys have played good, Jake has played good, just keep going.”