Game Report: Blues 3, Flyers 0
Jordan Binnington made the first start of his NHL career on Monday night – and made certain it was a night to remember.
Binnington stopped all 25 shots by the Flyers to become only the second goalie in Blues history to record a shutout in his first NHL start as the Blues earned the victory in Philadelphia.
Binnington had played in three games, all in a relief role, before getting the start against the Flyers in place of Jake Allen with the Blues set to play again on Tuesday night at home.
A goal by Brayden Schenn 41 seconds into the second period gave the Blues a 1-0 lead, and the 25-year-old Binnington protected that lead until Vladimir Tarasenko made it a 2-0 game with nine minutes to play in the third period.
An empty-net goal by David Perron completed the scoring for the Blues.
Binnington, drafted in the third round by the Blues in 2011, joined Rich Parent as the only goalies in franchise history to record a shutout in his first NHL start. Parent’s debut came on Jan. 26. 1999 at San Jose.
According to the NHL, Binnington is the 35th goalie in league history to record a shutout in his first career start.
The only bad news for the Blues in the game was an upper-body injury to Alexander Steen which knocked him out of the game in the first period, forcing the Blues to play the rest of the game with just 10 forwards. Tyler Bozak missed the game suffering from the flu.
Looking ahead: The Blues will host the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night at Enterprise Center.