The Blues and Avalanche already have some bad blood brewing in the first round of their 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs matchup.
In the aftermath of the Avalanche’s 4-1 series-opening win, several scrums broke out between the two sides, including one in front of the net between Blues forward Kyle Clifford and Avalanche defenseman Patrik Nemeth.
But when Colorado goalie Philipp Grubauer got in on that battle, that prompted a response from St. Louis’ netminder Jordan Binnington.
Binnington made his way down the ice and had to be restrained from going after Grubauer, as you can see below via SportsNet.
The referees got to Binnington well before he could engage with Grubauer and escorted him off the ice. That prevented the goalie fight, a rare spectacle, from happening.
Nonetheless, Binnington’s willingness to get involved in the late-game physicality must have been appreciated by his teammates. After all, Binnington had a terrific Game 1 for St. Louis, making a whopping 46 saves on 49 attempts, and did everything he could to give his team a chance to win.
Perhaps Binnington’s effort in all facets of the game will provide his teammates with a much-needed spark as they look to even the series with the Avalanche in Game 2.