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Jordan Binnington Helps The Blues Even Their Series With The Wild

from Lou Korac at NHL.com,

Jordan Binnington made 28 saves in his 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs debut, and the St. Louis Blues defeated the Minnesota Wild 5-2 in Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round at Enterprise Center on Sunday.

The series is tied 2-2. Game 5 is in Minnesota on Tuesday.

Binnington entered the game 0-9 with a 4.19 goals-against average and .875 save percentage in the postseason since a 32-save performance in a 4-1 win in Game 7 against the Boston Bruins to win the 2019 Stanley Cup.

"It felt good, I felt prepared," Binnington said. "We had a good start to the game, a really good first period. Definitely a big win, a hard-fought win. We had guys step in the lineup, but I felt pretty good.

"Definitely I had to be patient. Nothing this morning, wait for the game, just hanging out at home and just prepping."


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David Perron’s Hat Trick Leads The St. Louis Blues Over The Minnesota Wild

from Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic,

After his hat trick in the Blues’ 4-0 shutout of Minnesota in Game 1 of their series, Perron was asked how good it must have felt after sitting out of the 2021 playoffs against Colorado with COVID-19. As you probably recall, he received the positive test the day the team was leaving for Denver, and the Blues got swept by the Avs before he could get cleared.

In June, weeks after the season ended, a healthy Perron told The Athletic that he watched the first-round series from the basement of his St. Louis home and wanted to “punch walls” because he couldn’t help his club.

Certainly, the veteran had a thought or two about that when he walked out of the Blues’ tunnel for pregame warmups Monday for his first playoff game since August 2020 against Vancouver in the bubble.

“Oh gosh, not one, but you just reminded me,” Perron said, smiling. “I think the worst part was just not being a part of the team. I was literally going crazy. I couldn’t get out of the basement. Tough situation.”

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It’s Gone Wrong For The Vegas Golden Knight

from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

This is not what the Vegas Golden Knights envisioned when they signed defenseman Alex Pietrangelo away from the Blues as a free agent.

This is not what they foresaw after acquiring wingers Max Pacioretty and Mark Stone, defenseman Alec Martinez, goaltender Robin Lehner, winger Evgenii Dadonov and center Jack Eichel with willy-nilly trades.

This is not what they sought while firing original coach Gerard Gallant and hiring Peter DeBoer.

For all of their aggressive wheeling and dealing — much of it senseless — the Golden Knights sit outside of the Western Conference playoff bracket with five games to play.

Meanwhile the Blues have already clinched another playoff berth with their cleverly retooled roster. General manager Doug Armstrong has remained aggressive, but, unlike his Vegas counterparts, he doesn’t lunge at every bright shiny object.

In the NHL’s salary cap world, spastic management can create a mess — as the Golden Knights proved.


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Brett Hull Stories

from Jeremy Rutherford and Jayson Jenks of The Athletic,

Nicklas Lidstrom, Red Wings defenseman: We’re on the power play and I’m on top with Hullie on my left, his one-timer side. On the other side we had Fredrik Olausson. We are passing it around and I give it to Olausson who finds Hullie right through the seam, a perfect pass, and he one-times it for a goal. When we gathered on the ice to celebrate Hullie goes, “Freddie, it only took you 30 games to figure that one out!” And then you see his grin!

Chase: Keenan told (a former Blues equipment manager) that he should run the team: “You coach them. They don’t listen to me.” So the boys scored about three or four goals, and Keenan was back behind the bench. Hullie said, “What the *#$%@& are you doing back here? The skate sharpener can run this team!”

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A Three-Year Extension For Craig Berube In St. Louis

from Chris Pinkert of the Blues website,

Craig Berube isn't going anywhere.

The St. Louis Blues locked up their head coach with a three-year contract extension on Wednesday afternoon.

"I've enjoyed working with (General Manager) Doug Armstrong and (Chairman) Tom Stillman, working with the coaching staff and training staff and all the players we have here," Berube told stlouisblues.com. "Why would I want to go anywhere else? I love it here."

The deal will keep Berube behind the Blues bench through the 2024-25 season.

Berube, 56, took over on Nov. 19, 2018 and is currently in his fourth season with the Blues. During his tenure, the team has posted a 133-72-30 regular-season record.


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The Goaltending Battle In St. Louis

from Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic,

Former Blues goalie Jamie McLennan was in St. Louis last week for the retirement of Chris Pronger’s No. 44 jersey. Before leaving town, he was well aware of the debate about who should be starting games: Jordan Binnington or Ville Husso.

“I came in on (Jan. 16), which was the day after Binnington gave up the game-winner against Toronto,” McLennan said. “I know there’s been some inconsistencies with Jordan’s game, so I know there is a pressure point based on Husso’s play. I know it’s a hot-button topic.”

It will get even hotter after the Blues gave Husso a third consecutive start on Sunday in Vancouver, where he won his fifth straight game.

The 26-year-old Finnish netminder followed up his 27-save, 5-0 shutout over Seattle on Friday with 38 saves in a 3-1 win over Vancouver. It was nearly another shutout, as the Canucks’ lone goal came just four seconds after a full two-minute, two-man advantage expired.

Either way, in Husso’s last five games, he’s 5-0 with a 1.20 goals-against average and a .963 save percentage, stopping 154 of 160 shots.

Binnington is expected to get the nod on Monday, as the Blues play the second night of a back-to-back set in Calgary. But Husso’s recent run has led to some legitimate questions: Can Binnington find some consistency in his game again, and if not, will the club regret his long-term contract extension? Will Husso, an unrestricted free agent next summer, be re-signed, and if not, is there a chance he could be traded?

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Video- #44 To The Rafters In St. Louis

via the St. Louis Blues,

Chris Pronger's No. 44 became the eighth number retired to the rafters at Enterprise Center.

added 9:53pm, Below, Pronger salutes the fans.


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Targeting A Top Four Defenseman For The St. Louis Blues

from Benjamin Hochman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

On Thursday, a possible upgrade will be in St. Louis, while wearing the other team’s sweater (and the other team’s “C”). Seattle Kraken captain Mark Giordano is on the last year of his contract, and the former Flame surely has one in his belly to win a Cup. He does make a bunch of money ($6.75 million), and the Blues would have to get crazy-creative with salary-cap space, likely moving Marco Scandella and, say, Klim Kostin and even more to make it work....

The trade deadline (March 21) is more than two months away. A lot could happen before then. One thing that’ll likely happen? Colorado asserts itself as a top-three team in the division. The Avs team that started 4-5-1 was a mirage. And Nashville (St. Louis’ opponent on Monday) has lost only three games since November ended. The Blues are good enough to make the playoffs. But are they good enough to make a playoff run? You could make an argument for that right now — but an added defenseman makes making that argument quite easier.

Another name that’s naturally floating around the cyberspace is Jakob Chychrun, because the Coyotes are rebuilding and he’s too good for a rebuilding team. Like Giordano, Chychrun is a lefty, which would pair with Parayko. Chychrun ($4.6 million) makes less per year than Giordano does, but Chychrun has three more years on his contract. Coyotes boss Bill Armstrong previously worked for Blues boss Doug Armstrong, so Bill knows the trade pieces and his potential trading partner.


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Videos- The St. Louis Blues Score 2 Goals In The Last 47 Seconds To Win In Regulation

Here's the action late in the game and below Dallas coach Rick Bowness reacts.


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Two Tough Games For The Blues This Week

from Benjamin Hochman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Who are the Blues?

The team that stormed to a 5-0-0 start?

The team that played average hockey for a long stretch?

The team that lost a bunch of key players yet found ways to unlock wins?

Many seasons, by the holiday season, we can confidently identify a team’s makeup — but this season?

It’s hard to say who the Blues are now, let alone who they’ll be come playoff time.

So we have to hunt for hints.

“We’ve had an evolving roster,” defenseman Justin Faulk said Monday as the Blues prepared for two huge games — star-studded Edmonton in town Wednesday, which is the Blues’ first game in 10 days, and then Saturday’s Winter Classic at Minnesota.


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