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Blues goalie Binnington suspended two games for his part of Wild melee

St. Louis Blues goalie Jordan Binnington has been suspended two games for roughing and unsportsmanlike conduct for his part in an altercation Wednesday against the Minnesota Wild.

The incident occurred in the second period of the game after Ryan Hartman scored on Binnington to put the Wild up 5-4.

After the goal, Hartman skated by the crease, bumping into Binnington on his way to celebrate. And the Blues goaltender took exception.

Binnington charged after Hartman, appearing to punch at him with his blocker, sparking a full-on line brawl. As the Blues goaltender was being ushered out of the scrum by a linesman, Wild goaltender Marc-André Fleury skated the length of the ice to join the action.

The two netminders would have almost certainly exchanged blows if it hadn’t been for the two linesmen stepping in.

“It kind of felt like it was our moment,” said Binnington. “I’ve got nothing but respect for Fleury, too. He’s a legendary goalie, and coming down there, yeah it shows a lot about him.”

In the aftermath of the chaos, Binnington was assessed a match penalty, Fleury a two-minute minor for leaving the crease and Hartman a two-minute minor for roughing.

Binnington gave up five goals on 24 shots before he was ejected from the game.

The Wild went on to win, 8-5.

The last time a goaltender was suspended for on-ice conduct was when then-Sabres goalie Aaron Dell was suspended three games for interference on Ottawa Senators forward Drake Batherson, in January 2022.


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