Jordan Binnington Rookie Of The Month

St. Louis Blues G Jordan Binnington The New Andrew Hammond (Aka Hamburglar)?

Jordan Binnington, the 25-year-old, 2011 3rd round pick has been quite the story this season. Binnington came onto the Blues this season when the Blues were in last place and looking to be a guaranteed top-5 draft pick for this years NHL draft.

Well, the one thing the Blues lacked was goaltending and it played a major role in their failures in the early part of the season. Along came Jordan Binnington. Much like the Ottawa Senators and Andrew Hammond aka “The Hamburglar” when he took the league by storm from mid-February to early April in 2015. Hammond was one of the hottest goalies in the league and completely changed the fate of the Senators season during his run. During his run when the Senators had Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner sidelined, Hammond posted a 20-1-2 record, 1.79 goals-against average and .941 save percentage. Hammond propelled the Senators into the playoffs placing them fourth in the division that year but they eventually lost to Montreal 4-2 in the first round.

Well, it seems Jordan Binnington is on that same type of run. Right now Binnington is 15-2-0 with a 1.61 goals against, .936 save percentage in 18 games started. He earned NHL star of the week accolades just two weeks ago and just earned Rookie of the Month for February.

But, I don’t think the Blues want Binnington to be the next “Hamburglar”. After Hammond had his famed season he went onto post a 7-11-4 record with a 2.65 GAA and .914 save percentage the following season. And since his 2014-15 storied season he has played in 26 games total.

Either way Binnington has helped shoot the Blues back into playoff contention, in the top three in the difficult Central division and now a legitimate playoff team that many will over look. Binnington continues his unbelievable season, he has lost 1 game in the last month and 12 starts. Following his first lost of the season on Jan. 21, Binnington went to win the next nine games he played in. Binnington seems to show an uncanny amount of confidence in net and with the media after and before games. The 25-year-old phenomenon continues to impress and hopefully for the Blues he is not just a one hit wonder.

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Recap: Wild ADVANCE, Hamburglar steals the night, Flyers head back to Philly

Winnipeg advances with a blowout win 

First, we can address the one that will take no time to talk about really as my opinion and thoughts on this are exactly how this series went. The Jets pump the Wild for a 5-0 win and advance to the second round. As they await the Predators(who should have been there after last night) or the Avalanche. The Jets came out FLYING, scoring four goals in the first period, eventually sending Devan Dubynk out of his crease. The first shot of the game went in for Winnipeg, off a Jacob Trouba wrister above the faceoff circle, one Dubynk should have had. As Trouba’s shot barely left the ice and snuck under Dubynk’s pad. 4 and a half minutes later Bryan Little scores on a ridiculous deflection from a Dustin Byfuglien point shot, 2-0. Six minutes later Brandon Tanev scores on a Wild turnover, shot through the defenseman’s legs, 3-0. One Dubynk should have too probably. 49 seconds later, another deflection this time from Joel Arimia and the Jets win in just one period of hockey. Mark Scheifele buried the lone goal in the third, 32 seconds in on the power play. Jets advance and they are ROLLING. The Jets scored 16 goals in five games. This is going to be interesting to see who they play.

Flyers stay alive off a late third-period goal 

The Flyers stay alive off a Sean Couturier late third-period goal. A game that was back and forth for the most part, and left Penguins fans on the edge of their seat, turned out to be a Flyers win, heading back to Philly. It all started with a Claude Giroux from Jakub Voracek goal in the first, something we did not see all series, finally comes. Giroux was just fed with a beauty pass and sent it home off a one-tee shot, goal. Flyers up 1-0. The second period was filled with action as the Penguins scored twice and Flyers scored once. The Penguins tied the game up with a Bryan Rust wraparound goal(something we have seen too often this series), tie game 1-1. After the goal, a little scrum ensued, by Derek Brassard taunting Robert Hagg, all good fun and something we love to see during this time of year. Penguins next goal came off a Crosby feed to Guentzel who just fires it home from about the faceoff dot, one Neuvirth should have had probably but it is now 2-1 Pens. The Flyers game-tying goal came off the stick of veteran Valtteri Filppula on the penalty kill, nothing less. Filppula just gets down low, crashes the net and bangs it home for a tie game at two. The game would remain tied at two for the rest of the second and third until about 1:31 left in the third, the Penguins have trouble chipping the puck out lands on Couturier stick, shot from just inside the blue line, sneaks past Matt Murray for a 3-2 Flyers lead. The goal did change directions on Murray after it hit off Brian Dumoulin’s leg, but hey a bounce is a bounce and the Flyers buried an empty-netter and now head back to Philly for another chance to stay alive.

Hamburglar STEALS the night

Holy sh*t, people, Andrew Hammond has not played in a playoff game in three years and that was his first start in 100 games or something. Either way the guy has been a third string/back up since his hamurglar days in Ottawa came to an end. And look at what he does here, comes into one of the toughest barns to play at and makes 44 saves on 45 shots to keep Colorado alive for a 2-1 win and now head back to Colorado to hopefully force a game seven. Who else but Hammond had a night? Yup, you guessed it, Nathan MacKinnon, the kid is a freak. Anyways well touch on it later. But the Predators opened the scoring in the third period with 9:46 to go after a borderline no goal call due to Nick Bonino scoring from the puck hitting his skate. The officials did get together and it was a good goal, Nashville 1-0. 4 and a half minutes later, the MacKinnon shows comes to town to give Colorado some hope as they tie the game at one. The goalscorer was Landeskog but literally, my 85-year-old grandmother could have scored this goal. MacKinnon made Norris trophy finalist PK Subban look like a fish out of after waiting him out, holding onto the puck, drawing all the attention to him, faking the shot, for a pass to Landeskog in front for a tap-in goal, tie game 1-1. The Avalanche would score with just 1:28 left to play JT Compher catches the Subban down low, out come the Avalanche on the rush, Compher shot low blocker, Andrighetto buries the rebound, just like that the Avalanche don’t give up and now stay alive with a 2-1 win.

Please click on the link above for a great end to the Colorado game…