The St. Louis Blues advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the third time in four seasons with a six-game win in the best-of-7 Western Conference First Round against the Winnipeg Jets.
St. Louis became the first home team to win in the series, 3-2 in Game 6. The Blues won four one-goal games.
St. Louis will play the winner of the best-of-7 series between the Nashville Predators and Dallas Stars. Dallas leads 3-2 and will advance with a win at home Monday (8:30 p.m. ET; CNBC, SN1, TVAS2, FS-SW, FS-TN).
Here are 5 reasons the Blues advanced:
1. Binnington unflappable
The numbers were respectable enough (2.68 goals-against average, .908 save percentage). Take away the 6-3 loss in Game 3, and goalie Jordan Binnington carried the Blues through a tightly contested series.
Binnington, who was 24-5-1 record with an NHL-leading 1.89 GAA and a .927 save percentage during the regular season, made key saves despite Winnipeg trying to intimidate the rookie goalie. Jets fans tried getting under his skin with chants of 'You look nervous!'