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Binnington prepared to bounce back for Blues in Game 4 of Cup Final

Rookie goalie faces Bruins 12-2-0 following losses in regular season, playoffs

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

ST. LOUIS -- Jordan Binnington is ready to put on another strong bounce-back performance for the St. Louis Blues in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins at Enterprise Center on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).

"Obviously, you don't like losing, but no matter the score I hate losing, so it's the same feeling," Binnington said. "I want to get back in that win column."

The rookie goalie was pulled from Game 3 on Saturday in the second period after allowing five goals on 19 shots, including four goals on the last five shots he saw before exiting with 7:48 remaining in the period. The Bruins won 7-2 to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series.

 

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It was the first time in 52 starts this season that Binnington was pulled from a game. He responded by saying he moved on quickly and didn't even do a deep post-mortem dissection of his performance to figure out what went wrong and why.

"I didn't even really watch film to be honest," Binnington said. "Just move on."

Binnington said he watches film after games when either he or goaltending coach David Alexander feel the need to go over something. He didn't feel any need to re-live Game 3. He said he saw the goals after the game and that was enough.

"Last game wasn't a good one, so you just move on and prepare the same way," Binnington said.

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Binnington has done well in moving on after losses this season. He's 12-2-0 in games immediately following a loss, including 6-2 with a 1.84 goals-against average and .935 save percentage in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

He responded to a 4-2 loss in Game 1 of the Cup Final, when he allowed three goals on 37 shots, with a 21-save performance in St. Louis' 3-2 overtime win in Game 2.

"On his bounce-back games, it's just his calmness and his mannerisms more than anything," Blues coach Craig Berube said. "I think he goes back in there and he feels real confident about himself. Early on in games a lot of times you see his puck-handling ability and I know that he's dialed in pretty well when I notice that kind of stuff."

Binnington's calmness in games after a loss typically carries through the rest of the lineup, a big reason why the Blues have outscored opponents 22-15 in the eight such instances in the playoffs.

"We believe in him, he believes in us, so it kind of goes together," Blues center Brayden Schenn said. "We know that we weren't happy with our last game, he wasn't either. He just kind of goes about his routine. He has his eyes on the prize and obviously the ultimate goal of winning it. He doesn't get too high or too low whether it's a big OT win in Boston or a blowout like last game in Game 3. He's just kind of the same guy and we're going to expect a good goalie tonight."

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