Jordan Binnington is back up to his antics.
Binnington went after the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night in St. Louis. It’s unclear what provoked Binnington, but the Blues’ netminder earned a 10-minute misconduct for his actions.
The Blues and Avalanche were playing for the second time since their 2021 Stanley Cup Playoff series. The Avalanche eliminated the Blues in only four games during Round 1 last year. Nazem Kadri received an eight-game suspension in that series for a hit to the head of Justin Faulk.
The bad blood was in full force between Colorado and St. Louis on Thursday. Not even a minute into the game, Faulk made Kadri answer for his hit in last year’s playoffs.
After Colorado Avalanche forward Logan O’Connor got too close in Binnington’s crease during the second period, a scrum broke out below the goal line. Binnington went for a skate and challenged the Avalanche.
Binnington shot the puck at Colorado goalie Darcy Kuemper before swinging his stick at Nazem Kadri. Kadri also received a 10-minute misconduct on the play.
Jordan Binnington shot the puck at Darcy Kuemper then swung his stick at Nazem Kadri. 😳 pic.twitter.com/mL8LZhwooO
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) October 29, 2021
Here’s slo-mo of the stick swing:
Goalies don’t serve misconducts, so Binnington was able to make nine saves while Robert Bortuzzo served his penalty.
Binnington apologized for his actions after the game. He told reporters he doesn’t want kids swinging their sticks.
“Heat of the moment..I might have taken it a little too far,” said Binnington. “I don’t want to condone the stick swinging. I definitely don’t want kids out there swinging their sticks. It was an emotional situation.”
Kadri was surprised he received a misconduct alongside Binnington. Reporters asked him after the game what happened with Binnington.
“I have no idea,” Kadri said. “I don’t know why I got a 10-minute penalty there.”
Kadri said that he stayed out of the scrum.
“We exchanged some words, I got a stick swung at my face. … I’m getting misconducts for just talking now, ” Kadri explained.
This type of behaviour isn’t anything new from Binnington. He tried to fight three members of the San Jose Sharks last season and also challenged Philipp Grubauer at the end of Game 1 of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Binnington hasn’t gotten into an official fight in the NHL, but it might not be long before someone teaches him a lesson.