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Blues win in overtime in Vegas thanks to Jordan Binnington, Pavel Buchnevich

Matthew DeFranks, St. Louis Post-Dispatch on

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LAS VEGAS — Jordan Binnington made sure he was the best show in town on Monday night in Vegas.

During a 2-1 Blues overtime win over the Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena, Binnington was the best player on the ice, making 34 saves to lead St. Louis past the defending Stanley Cup champions.

Alexey Toropchenko scored in the first period to support Binnington's effort, but there was no question why the Blues were able to secure a win over the top team in the Western Conference.

Pavel Buchnevich scored the game-winning goal 38 seconds into overtime to lift St. Louis.

Binnington stonewalled the Golden Knights nearly every chance he got. At even strength, on Vegas power plays, while the Golden Knights were shorthanded. With his glove, with his pads, with his body. On the rush, on rebounds, on scrambles.

It didn't matter how the Golden Knights generated chances — and there were plenty of them — Binnington stopped them, until Jack Eichel's game-tying power-play goal at 12:58 of the third period, a wrister from the right circle that knotted the game at 1.

 

Before Eichel's goal, Binnington looked poised for his second shutout of the season.

Six minutes into the third period, protecting a 1-0 lead, Binnington went into the splits to keep the puck out the Blues net as Eichel tried to jam the puck.

In the second period, Binnington began his frustration of Vegas in the opening minute, when he went side to side as he stopped Nicolas Roy's rebound. Former Blues forward Ivan Barbashev thought he would tie the game midway through the period, but Binnington's right pad had other ideas. Later in the period, Binnington successfully poke checked Eichel as he barreled in on net.

Signs early from Binnington

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