Binnington saves 44 shots, Avalanche fall short vs. Blues


The puck was on Dryden Hunt’s stick. The frame of the goal, momentarily, gloriously, was unoccupied.

Just not long enough.

St. Louis goalie Jordan Binnington, still public enemy No. 1 in Colorado after last season’s second-round playoff series, lunged back in front of the net to stop Hunt’s potential game-tying shot in the third period. The Avalanche kept pressuring but couldn’t manage a chance as golden as that in a 3-2 loss Monday night — even in a 6-on-3 mad dash to the finish line caused by two Blues penalties in the last two minutes.

Colorado’s four-game winning streak came to an end despite the kind of end-to-end action that usually favors the Avalanche. Binnington saved 44 shots, including the late onslaught.

The Blues benefitted from puck luck on their game-tying and go-ahead goals late in the second period. Robert Thomas gained a stride on Nathan MacKinnon as he crossed center ice with the puck. His shot hit the top elbow of the goal before sliding in behind Avalanche goalie Alexandar Georgiev.


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