Blues, Binnington Shutout Flyers 3-0

In his first NHL start in goal for the St. Louis Blues, rookie Jordan Binnington recorded a shutout victory over the Philadelphia Flyers 3-0. Binnington stopped all 25 Flyers shots and got 3 goals of support from his teammates.

The Blues also blocked 15 shots and seemed to always be in the right spot to clear the rebounds that Binnington allowed. It was a good defensive effort in front of the youngster and a nice win on the road in the first of 8 games they will play over the next 13 days. The busy stretch will include 2 back-to-back games on Monday-Tuesdays this week and next.

Craig Berube‘s lineup included 11 forwards and 7 defensemen, repeating his successful strategy from last week’s win over the Washington Capitals. Robby Fabbri was a healthy scratch.

The 11 forwards were reduced to just 10 early in the game when Alexander Steen left the game and did not return after a hit from Radko Gudas. Steen did not return to the game and was listed as having an upper-body injury.

Team Records

  • Blues: 16-19-4
  • Flyers: 15-20-6

Forward Lines

  1. Schwartz – Schenn – Tarasenko
  2. Steen – O’Reilly – Perron
  3. Sanford – Thomas – Maroon
  4. Sundqvist – Barbashev

Defensive Pairings

  1. Gunnarsson – Pietrangelo
  2. Bouwmeester – Parayko
  3. Bortuzzo/Edmundson – Dunn

Starting Goaltenders

St. Louis – Jordan Binnington: First NHL start, 11-4-0 with San Antonio Rampage 2.08 GAA, .927 Sv %

Philadelphia- Carter Hart: 2-3-1, 2.80 GAA, .901 Sv%

Goals Scored: Schenn (9), Tarasenko (12), Perron (14)

Three Stars

  1. Brayden Schenn
  2. Jordan Binnington
  3. Jaden Schwartz

Game Summary

1st Period

There were no goals in the first period. Both teams had chances and both young goalies made some nice saves. Shots on goal were 13-11 in favor of St. Louis.

2nd Period

The Blues dominated the second period, outshooting Philadelphia 14-6 in the middle frame. Brayden Schenn scored just 41 seconds into the period. It was his 2nd goal in as many games and his 9th on the season. The goal was assisted by Jaden Schwartz and Carl Gunnarsson.

The line of Schenn, Schwartz, and Tarasenko was buzzing and seemed to be on the ice all night. The trio averaged about 21 minutes of ice time in the game.

The score remained 1-0 through the end of the second.

3rd Period

The Flyers have been strong in the final period all season so the Blues needed to play a solid final 20 minutes to close this one out, and close it out they did.

At the 11 minute mark, Vladimir Tarasenko scored on a wrist shot from the left faceoff dot and beat Hart low on the glove side. His goal was set up by a nice stretch pass by Pietrangelo and then the primary assist from Ryan O’Reilly.

Philly pulled their goalie with a little less than 3 minutes remaining and down by 2 goals. The Blues held off the offensive push and countered with an empty net goal from David Perron. Zach Sanford and O’Reilly assisted on this goal and the Blues won it 3-0.

My Thoughts

It was a good win. Philadelphia is a mediocre team. The Blues haven’t always played well against mediocre teams. Could this be a good sign?

The Blues are doing a much better job of getting to the front of the net on offense and clearing the front of the net on defense. Colton Parayko wrestled Sean Couturier away from a certain goal in an empty net late in the game to help preserve the shutout.

Binnington had worked his way ahead of Ville Husson in San Antonio and it was no real surprise that he played so well. Congratulations, Kid! Welcome to the NHL. Good job.

Binnington becomes the 2nd St. Louis goalie to record a shutout in his first NHL start. The only other player to do so was Rich Parent on Jan 26, 1999.

Dallas Stars come to Enterprise tomorrow night. Let’s go Blues!


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