NHL games, but St. Louis Blues goalie Jordan Binnington has become famous for his unflappability. His call-up from the AHL and the beginning of January started the spark that completely turned the Blues' awful season around. The 25-year-old was magic for St. Louis, and in late February, when he was bunkered, he found himself in what was nerve wracking, his immediate cold-blooded response, Do I look nervous? " defined his power. Winnipeg fans even chanted, "You look nervous!" at Binnington in their first-round Game 5 against the Blues. St. Louis won that series in six.
But, finally, in the Stars' 4-2 against the Blues on Wednesday night that even their series at two games apiece, Binnington lost his composure, taking a pair of stupid penalties out of frustration at the end of the second period. Binnington's penalties did not sway the outcome of the game-the stars had scored all four of their goals-but his opponents must be thrilled that some cracks are finally showing in his cool exterior.
As the buzzer sounded to end the second with a 4-1 Dallas lead, Binnington, after Jamie Benn poked at him with his stick. It was dumb, especially because he got caught and penalized for roughing, which negated Benn's unsportsmanlike conduct two minutes.
But that's not where it ended. As Binnington skated off the ice, he got in an attack on his opposing goalie, Ben Bishop. The blues' netminder picked up a second penalty for slashing Bishop with his stick in a hit-and-run as he went to the locker room.
After the game, Binnington said, "Sometimes, things are not going to your way," he said. "It's playoff hockey. Stuff happens.
Binnington's coach, Craig Berube, even defended his goaltender, saying, "He's competitive. I do not know what Jamie Benn is doing. He's just reacting. "
But Benn summed it up to be the best in the postgame, describing the tiff as" a bunch of grown-up donkeys. "
The whole game had this kind of tension, with a Bishop flop on a love tap from David Perron so serving up some controversy. Binnington showed up, and while it's hard to say he's been truly dominant in the postseason, he's given his team a chance in almost every game so far. His focus and his confidence have been broken in Game 5.