ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Blues appeared to have all the momentum on their side before a sudden turn of events left them without their ‘heart and soul’ player against the Colorado Avalanche in Game 3 of the Western Conference Second Round at Enterprise Center on Saturday.
The shift occurred when Blues goalie Jordan Binnington sustained a lower-body injury at 6:45 of the first period. At the time of the injury, St. Louis, which was coming off a 4-1 win in Game 2, was already leading 1-0.
“It’s always tough,” Blues captain Ryan O’Reilly said. “Obviously, ‘Binner’ is the heart and soul, playing unbelievable, but I think it kind of took the momentum away and took us a little too long to kind of get it back going again. Things like that happen. We’re a deep team, and we could have done a better job of getting the momentum back and adjusting.”
They didn’t. Instead, the Avalanche scored three consecutive goals before going on to win 5-2 to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series. Game 4 is here Monday, and Binnington’s status for it is still uncertain.