St. Louis Earns Their Third Back-to-Back Shutout against the Minnesota Wild

February 17, 2019 by Noah Gagnon
Vladimir Tarasenko is congratulated by teammate Ryan Reilly after scoring a first period goal last night in St. Paul Minnesota

The St. Louis Blues continue to rack up wins after earning their third consecutive shutout against the Minnesota Wild last night, and along the way, rookie goalie Jordan Binnington made history earning his first NHL shutout.

Binnington was in fine form last night stopping 31 shots and helping St. Louis earn another shutout, their third in a row and tenth straight win after defeating the Minnesota Wild 4-0.

Binnington also was instrumental on Thursday when the Blues earned their second shutout against the Arizona Coyotes. Craig Berube, interim coach for St. Louis stated that “It’s all good stuff”, adding,

“Players are doing a great job, they’re going out and executing every night and playing hard and doing the right things.”

Brayden Schenn, Vince Dunn, Ryan O’Reilly and Vladimir Tarasenko each scored for St. Louis and assists were given to Tarasenko and Alex Pietrangelo who both earned two each. Ryan O’Reilly, Brayden Schenn and Robert Thomas earning one apiece.

The win last night matched the Blues longest winning streak in the history of the team and also ties the record for the longest winning streak in the history of the NHL. Should St. Louis win their next game against the Maple Leafs on Tuesday, they will make history. For sports betting punters, this is the ideal time to register with any of the leading sportsbooks offering action on the NHL. With exclusive bonuses and on-going sports betting promotions, the opportunities are non-stop.

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Binnington, in his rookie year, has played 14 games since the beginning of January and his debut in the NHL, four of those have been shutouts. Commenting on his rookie season success, Binnington said,

“I think everyone’s happy as a team for that, and it just shows how good we’re playing as a team, I think it’s fun to be a Blues fan now.”

St. Louis scored their first goal five minutes into the first period when Vladimir Tarasenko found himself alone during a power play. It was his eleventh goal of the season and twelve games in a row that he has earned points. Binnington added, during post-game interviews, while speaking of Tarasenko that,”He’s pretty good, as you can see. He’s got a good shot, everyone knows, and it’s fun to watch him. I’m happy to be on this side of it.”

Tarasenko also earned two assists last night, one assisting Ryan O’Reilly and the other when Brayden Schenn scored during the second period. The Blues, who have struggled to find success during power plays scored twice out of six last night. The skill of the St. Louis Blues was not lost on Minnesota Wild Eric Staal, who commented that,

“Obviously, it’s a special teams game. They get two power-play goals early. It’s tough to come back on a team like that.”

The Wild failed to score in any of the five times they went into a power play last night, and that saw the crow at Xcel Energy Center showing their displeasure with boos. Zack Praise, who plays forward for the Wild stated,

“There’s a lot of stuff that’s we’re just not doing well enough. I just don’t feel like we’re really competing that hard.”

Even though Minnesota has lost their last four games, they remain in position to advance to the playoffs due to being in eighth overall in the Western Conference. The Blues will next welcome the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday before hitting the road for a one three game road trip that will see then visit the Dallas Stars. Minnesota next plays Anaheim at home before a two game road trip with stops in New York and Detroit.