Binnington’s 51 saves aren’t enough for Blues in Game 1 OT loss

DENVERjordan binnington gave the St. Louis Blues every opportunity to steal Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round on Tuesday.

The goalie faced an NHL career-high 54 shots and made a career-high 51 saves, but it wasn’t enough when the defenseman joseph manson he scored at 8:02 of overtime to give the Colorado Avalanche a 3-2 victory at Ball Arena.

Binnington went 3-0 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season with a 1.67 goals-against average and a .943 save percentage after taking over. ville husso in Game 4 of the first round against the Minnesota Wild.

On Tuesday, he wasn’t called into action much in the first period, recording eight saves.

Binnington, who set an NHL rookie record with 16 wins by winning the 2019 Stanley Cup, faced 19 shots in the second period and made 17 saves, then saved all 14 shots he faced in the third period before Jordan Kyro he scored a power-play goal at 16:46 to tie the game 2–2.

The Blues were outshot 12-0 in overtime before Binnington was beaten on Colorado’s 13th shot, a screen from the top of the right circle.

“He did a good job, he kept us in the game,” Blues defenseman colton paraiko said of Binnington. “He gave us a chance to win, that’s for sure. He made some big stops all night. Obviously, it was a good chance to get a game in the series, but obviously it didn’t.”

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Binnington, who was the beneficiary of five posts or crossbars the Avalanche hit in the game, made several crucial saves; he started it when he closed the pads on the Avalanche defender Devon Toews‘attempt at 7:11 on the second.

Binnington then prevented it from becoming 3-1 when lying on the ice and was able to protect the defender with gloves. erik johnsonJohnson’s attempt despite Johnson sniffing it out at 7:57.

Perhaps Binnington’s most impressive saves came in two point-blank sequences when he made a save with left pad on nazem kadriAttempt to squeeze at 9:30 of the third, then stolen arturi lehkonenRebound attempt with left arm stop at 9:35.

“Yeah, great performance; he kept us in the game,” Blues coach Craig Berube said of Binnington. “The guys were good off the bench. I thought the guys were pretty cool and ‘Binner’ was doing a great job for us. We all knew that.”

And when Kyrou’s power play goal came in to tie the game, there was a feeling on the Blues’ bench that they could steal a game against a team that swept the Nashville Predators in the first round.

It wasn’t meant to be when Manson scored through a screen after Binnington made back-to-back saves on samuel girard and Kadri moments before Manson’s wrist shot got past the Blues defenseman justin faulk and Binnington, who did not see it.

“Their goalie played great for them tonight,” Avalanche captain gabriel landeskog saying. “You know, [he] he made some saves that we felt like we had empty goals and he put out a leg or a hand or whatever, he played really well.”

Avalanche had 106 shot attempts in the game. Saint Louis was 45.

“That was exactly, going out there and playing for him and trying to limit those opportunities,” Parayko said of Binnington. “He played amazing. He gave us a chance to win. It was a shot, a goal for any team. We just wanted to play well and do well for him.”

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