When you look good, you feel good, and when you look like Cujo, apparently you play like him too.
St. Louis Blues goalie Jordan Binnington posted a 40-save shutout in a 5-0 win against the Calgary Flames Thursday while the team was decked out in its 90s throwbacks.
Binnington also had a special mask made that resembled the iconic ferocious dog mask Curtis Joseph wore when he played for the Blues in the 90s.
When Joseph played for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the late 90s and early 2000s, a young Binnington had a chance to see Joseph train at the goalie school he attended in the summer.
"It was great for us young goalies to be able to see him work like that," Binnington told stlouisblues.com. "He had a unique competitive style. I liked his helmet, his pads. I was a fan."
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The mask, which was done by goalie mask artist Dave Gunnarsson, features an updated rabid dog design and a portrait of Joseph on the side of the mask. Binnington plans to wear the mask for the two other 90s throwback jersey nights this season.
After the game, Binnington spoke some more about the mask to Darren Pang, who was also dressed for the occasion in a suit modeled after the red, blue and yellow uniforms. Pang relayed that he'd texted Joseph during the game and Joseph was pumped that Binnington got a shutout wearing the Cujo mask.
"He seems like a great guy, great goaltender," Binnington said. "It's pretty cool. He's a part of St. Louis history and being able to rock that in the fashion we did it tonight is pretty special."
And as much as Binnington was feeling his own look, the same couldn't be said for Pang's getup, which garnered a zing from one Blues goalie to another.
"Boy, you look good in those pads and the gloves and the equipment," Pang said.
"I wish I could say the same about that jacket, but I appreciate it." Binnington replied, as Pang let out an uproarious laugh.
One thing they can agree on is that the Blues played a heck of a game and they looked sharp doing it.