There was plenty of action last night and a few shutouts, but the one that stands out the most was Jordan Binnington’s 21-save perfect game. It might not be the biggest shutout of the night when it comes to save total, but it’s part of one of the most impressive starts for a rookie goaltender in recent memory.
Through 15 games, Binnington has an 11-1-1 record, 1.69 GAA, and .931 save percentage. He already has three shutouts, including the 21-save showing on Thursday and a 32-save perfect game against Tampa Bay on Feb. 7. His success has turned around the Blues’ fortunes this season as they have gone from being a serious candidate for the first overall pick to holding the third seed in the Central Division with a 29-22-5 record since Binnington basically forced himself to become the team’s starter.
It’s going to be really interesting to see what happens from here. Binnington’s success isn’t entirely coming out of nowhere as he was also dominate in the AHL in 2017-18 and this season. However, people didn’t see anything like this coming. He’s 25-years-old after all and coming into this season he had only appeared in one NHL game back in 2015-16. He didn’t start the season with the Blues either. In fact, St. Louis felt comfortable putting him on waivers back in September to send him to the minors and it was a justifiable move given that no other team wanted to claim him. Binnington also successfully clears waivers back in October 2017.
It’s safe to say that the league’s view of him has changed.
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FLORIDA 3 CALGARY 2 (SO)
Mike Smith stopped 30 of 32 Panthers shots before the shootout. He allowed two goals in three shootout rounds though to fall short of the win.
At the other end of the ice, James Reimer saved 41 of 43 shots in regulation time. He then surrendered just one goal in three rounds during the skills competition.
Mike Hoffman scored a goal and registered an assist for the Panthers. He’s up to 26 goals and 47 points in 56 contests.
Evgenii Dadonov also found the back of the net for Florida. It was his 20th goal and 43rd point in 56 games.
Elias Lindholm netted a goal with 2:24 minutes left in the third period to tie the game. The Flames forward has 25 goals and 65 points in 57 games.
NY ISLANDERS 3 COLUMBUS 0
Thomas Greiss earned the shutout by making 31 saves. He improved to 17-8-2 with a 2.20 GAA and .930 save percentage in 30 games.
Nick Foligno tied for a team-high with four shots on Greiss. Foligno also contributed four hits.
Casey Cizikas scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner. He has 15 goals and 25 points in 50 contests.
Josh Bailey found the back of the net and registered an assist. That gives him 13 goals and 42 points in 57 games.
Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 24 of 27 shots last night. That brought an end to his four-game winning streak where he allowed a combined eight goals.
DETROIT 3 OTTAWA 2
Jimmy Howard kicked out 40 of 42 Senators shots. He was playing in his 500th career game. He’s the third goaltender to participate in that many contests with the Detroit Red Wings after Chris Osgood and Terry Sawchuk.
Andreas Athanasiou scored two goals for the Red Wings. He’s up to 20 goals and 37 points in 52 contests.
Frans Nielsen accounted for Detroit’s other marker. It was his ninth goal and 30th point in 54 games.
Matt Duchene found the back of the net for Ottawa. That gives him 26 goals and 54 points in 48 contests.
Anders Nilsson stopped 26 of 29 shots versus Detroit. He has a 2.44 GAA and .930 save percentage in 12 games since joining Ottawa.
TAMPA BAY 6 DALLAS 0
Andrei Vasilevskiy earned a 32-save shutout. It was his third straight win, bringing him up to 24-7-4 with a 2.39 GAA and .927 save percentage in 35 games this season.
Nikita Kucherov scored a goal and registered three assists. He has 26 goals and a league-leading 92 points in 58 contests.
Steven Stamkos also came up big with two goals and an assist. That gives him 32 goals and 69 points in 58 games.
Roope Hintz tied for the Stars’ team-high with five shots. That’s also the most shots the 22-year-old rookie has had in a single game.
NASHVILLE 3 MONTREAL 1
Tomas Tatar netted Montreal’s other marker. It was his 18th goal and 41st point in 56 games.
Carey Price stopped 35 of 38 Predators shots. He’s 23-14-5 with a 2.56 GAA and .915 save percentage in 43 contests.
Brian Boyle scored the game-winning goal. That was his first point for the Predators since being acquired from New Jersey on Feb. 6.
Viktor Arvidsson also found the back of the net for Nashville. He has 26 goals and 34 points in 36 contests.
Pekka Rinne saved 34 of 35 shots Thursday night. With that, Rinne has reached the 20-win milestone for the fifth straight campaign.
COLORADO 4 WINNIPEG 1
Semyon Varlamov stopped 24 of 25 Jets shots. That snapped his personal losing streak at six games.
Brandon Tanev was the only one to beat Varlamov. Tanev has 12 goals and 22 points in 58 contests.
Dominic Toninato found the back of the net. It was the Avalanche rookie’s first goal and third point in 38 games.
Gabriel Landeskog scored the game-winning goal. He’s up to 30 goals and 58 points in 57 contests.
Connor Hellebuyck kicked out 31 of 35 shots Thursday night. He’s 26-16-2 with a 2.89 GAA and .911 save percentage in 45 starts.
CHICAGO 5 NEW JERSEY 2
Patrick Kane led the charge for Chicago with a goal and two assists. He’s up to 34 goals and 85 points in 57 games.
Brandon Saad netted a shorthanded goal and registered an assist. The Blackhawks forward has 19 goals and 34 points in 56 contests.
Cam Ward saved 41 of 43 Devils shots. He’s won his last five starts and has made at least 40 saves in three of his last four games.
Travis Zajac scored a power-play goal for New Jersey. That gives him 13 goals and 32 points in 55 contests.
Cory Schneider turned aside 31 of 36 shots on Thursday. Schneider still hasn’t earned a win yet in 2018-19.
ST. LOUIS 4 ARIZONA 0
Jordan Binnington posted a 21-save shutout. That continues the just unreal rookie campaign he’s been having since he made his first career start on Jan. 7. He’s 11-1-1 with a 1.69 GAA and .931 save percentage in 15 games this season.
Alex Galchenyuk tied for the team-high with three shots on Binnington. Galchenyuk has 12 goals on 96 shots, which is a 12.5% success rate.
Vladimir Tarasenko scored a pair of goals for the Blues. He has 24 goals and 46 points in 55 contests.
Joel Edmundson netted the game-winning goal and registered an assist. He has two goals and nine points in 49 games.
Darcy Kuemper turned aside 20 of 24 shots Thursday night. He has a 13-14-5 record, 2.77 GAA, and .911 save percentage in 32 starts.
TORONTO 6 ARIZONA 3
Auston Matthews scored two goals and registered an assist for the Maple Leafs. He has 27 goals and 53 points in 43 contests in 2018-19.
Morgan Rielly netted the game-winning goal and registered an assist. He’s up to 15 goals and 57 points in 57 games.
Paul Stastny scored a shorthanded goal for the Golden Knights. That gives him seven goals and 23 points in 29 games.
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 37 of 43 shots in his third straight loss. He dropped to 29-18-4 with a 2.61 GAA and .908 save percentage in 51 starts.
At the other end of the ice, Frederik Andersen kicked out 30 of 33 shots. He’s 27-11-2 with a 2.57 GAA and .923 save percentage in 40 starts.
VANCOUVER 4 LOS ANGELES 3 (SO)
Jacob Markstrom stopped 35 of 38 shots in regulation time. He then allowed a goal in three shootout rounds, which was good enough to get the win.
Jonathan Quick saved 24 of 27 shots prior to the shootout. He was beaten twice in the three rounds of the skills competition.
Alec Martinez scored a goal and recorded an assist. The Kings defenseman has four goals and 15 points in 43 games.
Adam Gaudette chipped in a goal and an assist for Vancouver. He has four goals and nine points in 34 contests.
Elias Pettersson also had a goal and an assist for the Canucks. He has 26 goals and 53 points in 48 games.
WASHINGTON 5 SAN JOSE 1
T.J. Oshie scored twice and registered an assist. He has 18 goals and 36 points in 47 contests in 2018-19.
Tom Wilson had a goal and an assist for Washington. He’s up to 15 goals and 28 points in 39 games.
Braden Holtby stopped 25 of 26 Sharks shots. He improved to 20-14-4 with a 2.99 GAA and .908 save percentage in 41 games.
Kevin Labanc accounted for the Sharks’ only goal. It was his 11th marker and 38th point in 58 games.
Martin Jones saved 24 of 28 shots last night. He’s 27-11-4 with a 2.90 GAA and .898 save percentage in 43 starts.