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Blues G Jordan Binnington out for rest of series vs. Avs

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May 21, 2022; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington (50) looks on before the playing the Colorado Avalanche in game three of the second round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Enterprise Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington will miss the remainder of the Western Conference semifinal series against the Colorado Avalanche due to a lower-body injury, coach Craig Berube announced Sunday.

Binnington was injured 6:45 into Saturday’s 5-2 loss after Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri and Blues defenseman Calle Rosen crashed into him. Binnington tried some agility drills but was not able to continue.

No penalty was assessed on the play.

Ville Husso replaced Binnington and finished with 19 saves for the Blues, who trail 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.

Binnington, 28, started 37 games in the net for the Blues this season, posting an 18-14-4 record with a 3.13 goals-against average and .901 save percentage.

The GAA and save percentage represent career-worst marks since Binnington joined the regular rotation in 2018-19. He has elevated his play during the postseason, notching a 1.72 GAA and .949 save percentage.

Binnington threw a water bottle at Kadri during a postgame interview in response to the play.

Kadri previously received an eight-game suspension for an illegal check against Blues defenseman Justin Faulk in 2021.

“Look at Kadri’s reputation,” Berube said in response to questioning about the play. “That’s all I’ve got to say.”

–Field Level Media