Jordan Binnington made 29 saves for the St. Louis Blues in a 2-1 victory against the San Jose Sharks in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final at Enterprise Center on Friday night.
The best-of-7 series is tied 2-2. Game 5 is at San Jose on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).
The rookie goalie is 10-7 with a 2.58 goals-against average and .908 save percentage, setting a Blues record for wins in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Binnington is also the tenth rookie goalie to win at least 10 games in a single NHL postseason, joining Patrick Roy (15 wins with the Montreal Canadiens in 1986), Ron Hextall (15, Philadelphia Flyers, 1987), Cam Ward (15, Carolina Hurricanes, 2006), Matt Murray (15, Pittsburgh Penguins, 2016), Ken Dryden (12, Canadiens, 1971), Mike Vernon (12, Calgary Flames, 1986), Felix Potvin (11, Toronto Maple Leafs, 1993), Brian Boucher (11, Flyers, 2000) and Ryan Miller (11, Buffalo Sabres, 2006).
Binnington went 6-0-0 following a loss in the regular season and is 5-2 in the playoffs for St. Louis, which tied its record for wins in a single postseason with 10 (1986 and 2016).
Barbashev scores first goal
Blues forward Ivan Barbashev scored his first playoff goal 35 seconds into the first period Friday to give St. Louis a 1-0 lead.
It was the first goal for Barbashev, who had 14 during the regular season, since April 4 (18 games). He also had an assist in Game 3 against the Sharks and has four points (one goal, three assists) in 17 playoff games.
Video: SJS@STL, Gm4: Barbashev scores in opening minute
Sharks try, try again
San Jose outshot St. Louis 30-22 in Game 4 and had 73 shot attempts compared to 35 for the Blues.
Sharks defenseman Brent Burns had 16 shot attempts, though only two on goal, and Erik Karlsson had nine attempts with four on goal.
The Blues blocked 21 shots, led by defenseman Jay Bouwmeester (four) while forwards Brayden Schenn and Tyler Bozak, and defenseman Alex Pietrangelo each had three.