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Binnington records shutout in first NHL start

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

PHILADELPHIA - Jordan Binnington made 25 saves in a 3-0 win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday to become the 35th goalie in NHL history to record a shutout in his first career start.

Binnington, who was drafted by the Blues in the third round in 2011 and had played 157 games in the OHL, 40 in the ECHL and 164 in the AHL, waited a long time for the moment.

"It feels good, for sure," Binnington said. "I was definitely excited to finally get the call. It was a long road, and I'm happy where I'm at right now and I'm hoping to get some more action and be part of the solution on the rise with the Blues.

Video: Binnington celebrates first shutout with family

"I think I was a little bit nervous, but at the same time calm and just tried to focus on my job and just stop the puck," Binnington added about Monday's 3-0 win. "Go save by save, minute by minute and just enjoy the experience, and before I knew it, the game was over."

Only one goalie in Blues history had previously recorded a shutout in his first start - that was Rich Parent in 1999.

Binnington was named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week on Monday, the same day he recorded a shutout in his first start in the NHL. Binnington leads the AHL with a 2.08 goals-against average and ranks second with a .927 save-percentage this season.

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