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Binnington bounces back for Blues again in Game 4 of Stanley Cup Final

Makes 21 saves in win against Bruins after allowing five goals on 19 shots in Game 3 loss

by Louie Korac / Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- It's no secret that St. Louis Blues goalie Jordan Binnington has been able to bounce back following losses in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final was no exception.

The rookie made 21 saves for the Blues in a 4-2 win against the Boston Bruins that evened the best-of-7 series.

Binnington and St. Louis improved to 7-2 following a loss in the postseason, the latest victory coming after they lost 7-2 in Game 3.

Binnington gave all the credit to his teammates after the Blues won a Cup Final game at home for the first time in their history.

"I think discipline was huge," Binnington said. "We did a great job staying out of the box, and then when we did get penalties, we had a great penalty kill. Forwards backchecking hard because, you know, they have a good rush, they're a good hockey club. We have two more wins to go here.

"They did a great job. They've been awesome this whole playoffs. It's a big win for us to tie it up 2-2, and like people are saying, it's a best-of-3 now."


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Game 5 is at Boston on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).

Binnington was pulled for the first time in the NHL in Game 3 after allowing five goals on 19 shots. He said he didn't watch any game film afterward, adding there was "nothing to see."

When asked how he approached Game 4 after being pulled, his response was much like his demeanor is after every game, win or lose.

"Same old," said Binnington, who moved within one win of tying the NHL record for most postseason wins by a rookie goalie, shared by four others (Patrick Roy, Montreal Canadiens, 1986; Ron Hextall, Philadelphia Flyers, 1987; Cam Ward, Carolina Hurricanes, 2006; and Matt Murray, Pittsburgh Penguins, 2016).

What the Blues did was play in the Bruins zone for much of the game and limit the scoring chances against Binnington.

"It's the second opportunities that we were giving up," Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo said. "A lot of them off the rush that they had last game. We talked about that. Forwards did a great job again. Any time the back pressure allows us to stay up little bit tighter, limit those rush opportunities and we moved the puck quick and we'd get through the neutral zone clean and play in the offensive zone, it's tough getting chances. Even on the power play, we were a little more aggressive tonight and picked our spots to be aggressive. It was pretty effective for us."

Video: Binnington resumes his stellar play in a Game 4 win

Binnington's seven wins following a loss in the playoffs tied him with Henrik Lundqvist (New York Rangers, 2014) and Marc-Andre Fleury (Pittsburgh Penguins, 2009) for fourth in NHL history behind Nikolai Khabibulin (Tampa Bay Lightning, 2004), Miikka Kiprusoff (Calgary Flames, 2004) and Hextall (Flyers, 1987), who each had eight.

"I just like to stay calm and take care of my job," Binnington said. "I don't think too much of it."

After allowing a shorthanded goal to Brandon Carlo at 14:19 of the second period that tied the game 2-2, Binnington and the Blues buckled down and won the battle of attrition.

"Yeah, I think we did a great job," Binnington said. "We were resilient in the offensive zone. We had a lot of zone time in the second period there. Even though they tied it up there with the shorthanded goal, we responded, and we regrouped in the second intermission and had a big third period."


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