The Blues lost Game 3 as they couldn’t regain momentum after a Binnington injury


castle. Louis — St. Louis Blues seemed to have all the momentum without a ‘heart and soul’ player in the sudden turn of events against the Colorado Avalanche in Game 3 of Round 2 of the Western Conference on Saturday at the Enterprise Center.

The change is the blues goalkeeper Jordan Binnington continuing lower body injuries 1st class 6:45 p.m. St. Louis, who were winning 4-1 in the second leg at the time of the injury, were already leading 1-0.

“It’s always hard” Blues Captain Ryan O’Reilly said. “Obviously ‘Binner’ is a mind and soul that plays incredible, but I think it took the momentum and it took a little too long to get it back. It happens. We need to get the momentum back and I could have done a better job of coordinating.”

they didn’t Instead, Avalanche won 5-2 after scoring three goals in a row, taking a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 4 is on Monday and Binnington’s status in that regard remains uncertain.

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Binnington was injured after falling by a teammate. Calle Rosen And ahead of the avalanche nazem khadry, someone who skated hard to rebound. He tried to shake off the injury, but ended up skating on the ice with the help of trainer Ray Barile. his replacement, Bill HussoHe conceded 4 goals on 23 shots.

“I think there was a bit of a momentum swing there, but even before that, we felt our game was getting a little closer.” Logan O’Connor “We got through it early. They had a hard time for us to start and they were closed in the defensive zone. Then we started to roll over the situation a little bit more and we got a little more confidence in the puck.

“Everyone was following him and we were kind of in a wave. Our game was going in a good direction at that point.”

Binnington’s loss also seemed to drain all the energy that was inside the noisy and bustling arena from the start.

“maybe [the crowd was upset] It was a little bit at first, but as soon as Ville came in, it went up right away.” Blues defender Colton Paraco said. “I don’t know. We have two really good goalkeepers, and Husso couldn’t believe us all year. That’s the beauty of these two goalkeepers. Two great goalkeepers protect us every game and win us. It gives us a chance to do it, and that’s all. Everything we could ask for.”

Video: Kadri scored a two-point night in a 5-2 Game 3 win.

Husso took Binnington’s number one spot in the regular season. 25-7, 6 losses, averaging 2.56 goals, 0.919 save percentage. Binnington had a 9-8, 1 loss, GAA 3.45, save percentage of .891 from January 1 through the end of the season.

However, Binnington regained his starting role with a strong performance against the Minnesota Wilds in Round 1, replacing Husso in Game 4 and winning the next three games, helping the Blues eliminate Wild in just six.

Before the injury, Binnington had a 4-1 record with 1.75 GAA and a 0.948 save percentage, second only to the Dallas Stars goalkeeper. Jake Ottinger (.954, at least 4 games) One of the goalkeepers this postseason. He recorded 51 saves with one loss in Game 1 of this series. In Game 2, he made 30 which helped the Blues tie the series.

Husso appeared confused as he got caught late in Saturday’s game between staying on the net and skating to the bench for an additional striker. Gabriel Landeskog And in the 3rd period, 17:52, an easy shot into the open net took a 4-2 lead.

“Every time a goalkeeper comes in without playing for a while, he wants to put the puck into the net and get traffic,” O’Connor said. “No goalkeeper likes traffic, so I tried to do that as much as possible,” he said. [Sunday], depends on the goalkeeper situation. Let’s take a closer look at its strengths and weaknesses. [Husso’s] game.”

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