Tarasenko’s hat trick sends Blues within one game of Western Conference semifinals

It cannot be stressed enough how crucial it is for a team to win Game 5 when the series is tied 2-2.

Thanks to Vladimir Tarasenko‘s hat trick in the third period, that’s exactly what the Blues did.

With a 5-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night, St. Louis is now just one win away from the Western Conference semifinals. For Tarasenko, it was his second-career postseason hat trick.

Jordan Binnington is now the winningest goaltender in St. Louis Blues playoff history.

Binnington secured his 18th win in the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Tuesday night, as the Blues now take a 3-2 lead in the series.

Binnington became the first rookie in NHL history to record all 16 of his team’s victories en route to a Stanley Cup championship in 2019. That postseason, Binnington went 16-10 with a 2.46 goals-against average, a .914 save-percentage and one shutout in one of the most legendary playoff performances in recent memory.

In just 37 career playoff appearances, Binnington has already passed legendary names such as Mike Liut (17), Greg Millen (17), Curtis Joseph (16), Grant Fuhr (15), Glenn Hall (12) and Jacques Plante (12) on his way to the top.

All-Time Blues Playoff Wins

  1. Jordan Binnington – 18
  2. Mike Liut – 17
    Greg Millen – 17
  3. Curtis Joseph – 16
  4. Grant Fuhr – 15
  5. Brian Elliott – 14
  6. Glenn Hall – 12
    Jacques Plante – 12
    Roman Turek – 12
  7. Jake Allen – 11

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