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Kasperi Kapanen has hat trick as Penguins chase Jordan Binnington, beat Blues

Matt Vensel, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on

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PITTSBURGH — Jordan Binnington was public enemy No. 1 at PPG Paints Arena on Saturday night after his latest cheap shot sent Jason Zucker barreling into the end boards.

Boos rained down on Binnington as Zucker made his way to the dressing room in some pain and the Jumbotron aired replays of Binnington’s sneaky punch.

As it turned out, Zucker’s face would be the only thing he got his glove all game.

The Penguins chased the high-strung St. Louis Blues goalie on their way to a 6-2 victory, their second win in a row. Kasperi Kapanen had a hat trick, Bryan Rust ended his drought and their power play took another step in the right direction.

Binnington allowed four goals on just 17 shots before the Blues yanked him.

Fittingly, it was Zucker who scored the final goal on Binnington. His shot from the high slot in the second period fooled Binnington. Then, as the goalie glared at the home bench on his way off the ice, Zucker hit him with a playful shrug.

 

Binnington was also assessed a game misconduct penalty for yapping at Penguins fans before he stomped down the tunnel toward the Blues dressing room.

Thomas Greiss replaced Binnington and later in the period gave up the third goal scored by Kapanen. It was Kapanen’s second hat trick with the Penguins.

Kapanen has now netted four goals in three games since returning to the Penguins lineup. He was a healthy scratch in Pittsburgh’s previous seven games.

Kapanen gave the Penguins a 1-0 lead 6:58 into the first period. He whiffed on a one-timer but the puck ricocheted off his skate, bounced off Binnington and went in. Kapanen’s hard work on the forecheck set that whole play in motion.

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