ST. LOUIS — Update: Blues head coach Craig Berube announced on Sunday that Binnington would be out for at least the remainder of the second round.
St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington had been lights out since stepping back into the spotlight during the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs. A collision in Game 3 of the Blues' second-round series against the Colorado Avalanche has proven to be the one of only things that could stop him so far this postseason.
With the Blues winning 1-0 nearly halfway through the first period of Game 3, Colorado Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri collided with Blues defenseman Calle Rosen on the way to the net, and both ended up running into Binnington.
No penalty was called on the play.
The Blues' goaltender stayed down for a bit, and then skated around and was worked out by Blues' trainer Ray Barile. The decision was eventually made to take Binnington out of the game.
Ville Husso, who came into the playoffs as the Blues' starter, took over in net. The Avalanche tied the game at 1-1 just a few minutes after the change.
Binnington has gone 4-1 as the Blues starter in the playoffs since taking over in Game 4 of the first round.
Binnington did not return to the bench after leaving with the injury. After the game, Blues head coach Craig Berube said Binnington was being evaluated with a lower-body injury.
Avalanche defenseman Sam Girard was also injured in the first period of Game 3 after a hard check from Blues forward Ivan Barbashev. Girard's face appeared to hit the ledge where the glass connects to the boards behind the Avalanche net. He was taken to a local hospital with an upper-body injury. No penalties were assessed on the play.
The Blues went on to lose the Game 5-2, and are now facing a 2-1 series hole against the Avalanche.
This is not the Blues' first playoff encounter with Kadri, as he was suspended eight games for a high hit on Blues defenseman Justin Faulk in Round 1 of last year's playoff series between St. Louis and Colorado.
This is a developing story and will updated as new information becomes available.