A scuffle between the Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Blues in the final seconds of Thursday’s second period escalated when goalie Jordan Binnington skated toward Nazem Kadri and swung his stick at the Colorado center.
Binnington, who was on the wrong end of the Avalanche’s 4-3 win, took exception to his net being knocked off its moorings and jumped into a scrum in the corner.
An official grabbed the goalie and pulled him away from the emerging cluster of players. Binnington skated around before nearing the blue line and pretending to shoot an invisible puck toward Colorado goalie Darcy Kuemper — standing at the opposite blue line. Binnington circled back, swept near where Kadri and a St. Louis teammate stood and whipped his stick in the direction of Kadri’s head.
“Kind of a heat of the moment,” Binnington said Friday, per NHL.com. “The scrum started and kind of carried on and there was a little stuff from the past going on there, but I might have taken it a little too far. I don’t want to condone the stick-swinging.”
The referees gave Binnington a 10-minute misconduct, which Robert Bortuzzo served, and Kadri was handed one too for skating back near Binnington — then back in the crease — after the scrum had ended.
“I have no idea,” Kadri said postgame. “I don’t know why I got a 10-minute penalty there. I stayed out the scrum. We exchanged some words. I got a stick swung in my face. Then I end up with a 10-minute penalty. I’m not quite sure what it was for. I started skating towards him but I’m about 50 feet away from the guy. I’m getting misconducts for just talking now. Not quite sure what that’s about. What are you going to do?”
For Binnington — who has opened the 2021-22 season with a 4-1 record, .916 save percentage and 3.02 goals against average — the situation marked another instance of his temper flaring on the ice. After he was pulled from a game against the San Jose Sharks in February, he pretended to thrust his stick toward the head of defenseman Erik Karlsson before appearing to punch goalie Devan Dubnyk in the shoulder with his glove.