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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jordan Binnington has played in 204 minor league games Michael Ferland Jersey Womens , plenty of time to wonder if he’d ever make an NHL start.The long wait was worth it for the rookie St. Louis Blues goaltender.Binnington made 28 saves and Oskar Sundqvist added a goal and an assist to lead the Blues to a 4-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night.Binnington improved to 2-0 after becoming the 35th goaltender in NHL history to record a shutout in his first career start on Monday at Philadelphia.“He’s been playing really well,” Sundqvist said. “He got a lot of confidence after that win in Philadelphia, so hopefully he can just keep rolling.”Binnington said he doesn’t deserve any special accolades for sparking his team.“No more than when Sammy Blais scores,” Binnington said. “When the young guys are working and playing hard, I think people always have a good reaction to that and get behind them.”Robert Thomas, Jay Bouwmeester and Blais also scored for St. Louis, which won for the second time in its last six home games.Veteran Carey Price, meanwhile, allowed four goals on 30 shots to lose his third consecutive start.“Basically, we gave it to them,” Canadiens center Phillip Danault said. “We were flat-footed. We didn’t use our speed, our strength William Karlsson Jersey , and they capitalized more than we did.”Thomas scored his fifth of the season on the power play 1:56 into the game when he pushed Ryan O’Reilly’s rebound past Price. The Blues had scored on just one of their previous 20 power plays.“That’s a big goal in the first period on that first power play,” Blues interim coach Craig Berube said. “I know that in the past here we get power plays in the first period and we don’t score and we get frustrated and it affects our game.”Thomas left with an upper-body injury 8:39 into the first period and did not return.Sundqvist buried a feed from O’Reilly for his eighth goal of the season to extend the St. Louis lead. He only had two goals in 70 career games prior to this season.“His improvement I think started in the summertime with his training,” Berube said. “He came into camp and looked like a faster player then, and it’s just carried on.”Bouwmeester put the Blues ahead 3-0 when he skated in front of the defense and converted a feed from Robby Fabbri 6:04 into the second period.Three minutes later, Brendan Gallagher spoiled Binnington’s shutout bid when he scored his 17th goal of the season on a power play.Montreal scored on just one of its five power plays despite having several good scoring chances.“It’s on us, the guys that are out there to go and execute,” Gallagher said. “We have to understand we can’t change what’s happened earlier in the year. We’re not going to be able to go back and fix it. We’re all disappointed by it, but it’s in the past.”Blais scored his first goal of the season 9:19 into the third period.NOTES: Blues D Carl Gunnarsson recorded his 100th career assist on Sundqvist’s goal. … RW David Perron has registered at least one point in his last nine games. … Canadiens D Karl Alzner skated in his first NHL game since Nov. 24. He had been a healthy scratch for seven games since being recalled from the Laval Rocket of the AHL.UP NEXTCanadiens: Host Colorado on Saturday.Blues: At Dallas Saturday to open a four-game trip. ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Philipp Grubauer was 18 and had only been in North America for a year and a half when he walked into the Windsor Spitfires locker room as the latest member of a stacked junior team.”He was really German at that point,” Windsor teammate Taylor Hall said. ”He was very quiet, and he was a goalie, so you just kind of let them do their thing.”Grubauer did his thing all the way to the Ontario Hockey League title and the Memorial Cup. Last year Alex Ovechkin Jersey Kids , he did his thing to help Germany qualify for the Pyeongchang Olympics.This spring, he did his thing to earn the starting job for Thursday night’s playoff opener at home against Columbus. He got the nod over 2016 Vezina Trophy winner and longtime No. 1 Braden Holtby. Grubauer doesn’t make a whole lot of noise with his unassuming personality or how he makes saves – he just makes them with such regularity that he looks like a No. 1 NHL goaltender.”I’m really proud of him because he never lost focus,” Germany national team coach Marco Sturm said. ”I know it was a long wait, but he always waited for his chance and he finally has it right now.”Grubauer bided his time through four years in the minors before getting to back up Holtby. It looked like that arrangement was ending after two seasons, but when Vegas general manager George McPhee and goalie coach Dave Prior – who drafted Grubauer in 2010 – didn’t take him in the expansion draft and the Capitals didn’t trade Grubauer, the 26-year-old was back for a third year as No. 2.”I think we have had Grubauer valued more than the league has had,” Washington general manager Brian MacLellan said. ”We feel he was going to be a good No. 1 goalie. And the rest of the league, in general, say that he hasn’t had time to prove it.”Getting lit up for eight goals in Philadelphia in the Flyers’ home opener was an inauspicious start, but since Oct. 27, no goalie in the league has a better goals-against average than Grubauer’s 2.06 or save percentage better than his .933.When Holtby struggled in February and March, Grubauer took the reins and went 7-3-0 down the stretch.”Grubi was able to take the ball and run with it Braden Holtby Jersey ,” said former NHL goalie Olie Kolzig, who served as Capitals associate goalie coach earlier in Grubauer’s career. ”It just comes from experience. You know you belong. When you’re first coming in as a No. 2, you’re just getting your footing and getting to know the league. But then you play games, you practice with these guys, you build relationships with your teammates, you’re accepted, you have success in games. All of a sudden, you’re getting older, you’re getting more mature, you’re taking in information and then you know.”Grubauer, now 6-foot-1, was always undersized. He was never outworked.”Quiet guy Youth Christian Djoos Jersey , but always worked hard,” said Nashville defenseman P.K. Subban, who played with Grubauer in Windsor. ”To get to this level, especially in that position, you have to be really dedicated to your craft. He’s obviously done a really good job of working at his game to get better and that’s why he’s playing for one of the top teams in the league now.”Grubauer went 20-1 through the OHL playoffs and Memorial Cup in 2010, and yet Hall said, ”I’d be lying if I said he’d be as good as he was now.””He always played well in the big games,” said Hall, now an MVP candidate with the New Jersey Devils. ”When we needed a save, it was always there.”That reputation followed Grubauer to the American Hockey League, where he stopped 54 of 58 shots at Providence to help steal a second consecutive game for eighth-seeded Hershey in the 2013 Calder Cup playoffs. And it continued to international play, where he stopped 66 of 68 shots in must-win qualifiers to get his country into the Olympics.Last year , when the world championships were in Cologne, Grubauer landed at the airport and went straight to the rink. High-pressure situations don’t bother Grubauer.”It seems like that’s the
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