Jordan Binnington had a rough game vs the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night, giving up four goals on nineteen shots, leading to him getting pulled from the game shortly after Evander Kane scored at the 10:34 mark of the second period.
Binnington was headed toward the bench when it looked like he reacted to someone on the Sharks bench. He spun around and shoved Radim Simek. He then skated away back toward the ice, because there is no room for backup goalie on the visitor’s bench, and faked a punch at Erik Karlsson with his blocker hand before he continued toward the exit.
Sharks goalie Devan Dubnyk skated out and began jawing at Binnington, who then shoved him, and the exchanged words before Binnington continued towards the exit.
“I guess he was frustrated, but I don’t know why he’s skating around, pretending to punch guys,” Dubnyk said. “I just told him get off the ice, calm down. He’s 160 pounds and he’s out there swinging at guys.”
Binnington was assessed an unsportsmanlike penalty for his actions.
“I guess he’ll have something to report in his next interview,” Evander Kane said. “Seems like he does a lot of talking. Too bad I wasn’t on the ice for that.”
Blues head coach Craig Berube said that Binnington’s exit helped fire up the team.
“Well, he’s a fiery guy. That’s kind of the way he is,” Berube said. “We’ve seen that in the past from him. So, I didn’t think a penalty was warranted on it, but you know… he’s trying to rally the team, that’s what he’s trying to do.”
Blues went on to win 7-6.