SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — The NHL’s Stanley Cup Final is set, featuring a team long considered to be among the favorites to reach the final and another team that was considered to be long dead in mid-January.
A big reason for the meteoric rise of the St. Louis Blues has been their goaltender Jordan Binnington.
Binnington had actually been the goaltender for the San Antonio Rampage for the first half of the year.
In his first NHL start, he posted a shutout against Philadelphia.
When Fox Sports Midwest told him he was only the second player to get a shutout in his debut in goal, an unimpressed Binnington responded with a flat “cool”.
Since his call up, he went 24-5-1 in the 32 games he played with St. Louis, posting a stellar 1.89 goals against average.
The team powered its way into the playoffs — finishing third in the Central Division. They went on to beat the Winnipeg Jets, Dallas Stars and San Jose Sharks to end up in the Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins.
It gives the Blues their first Stanley Cup Final appearance in 49 years and a chance to win their first cup in franchise history.
“I definitely would not have put money on it,” Binnington said of being in the Stanley Cup Final after defeating the San Jose Sharks Tuesday. “Looking back, I’m really happy to be here and it’s been a great year so far and it’s been great playing with these guys and just trying to do my job every night and enjoying the moment. I’m looking forward to the next round with these guys.”
Binnington had spent five years in the minors with 2018-19 being the only season he had spent with the Rampage. He played in 16 games, posting a 11-4-o record and a 2.08 goals against average.
He had previously played for the AHL’s Providence Bruins and Chicago Wolves.