Blues' Jordan Binnington After Being Pulled vs. Bruins: 'I Gotta Be Better'

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJune 2, 2019

ST LOUIS, MISSOURI - JUNE 01:  Jordan Binnington #50 of the St. Louis Blues allows a first period goal to Patrice Bergeron (not pictured) #37 of the Boston Bruins in Game Three of the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Enterprise Center on June 01, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington took his disappointing Game 3 performance in stride after his team lost 7-2 to the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday.

Binnington played a little over 32 minutes, allowing five goals on 19 shots. Jake Allen took over midway through the second period.

"I gotta be better," Binnington said of getting subbed out, per ESPN.com's Greg Wyshynski. "I gotta do a better job giving my team a chance to win. They scored three goals in the first. That's never good. It is what it is, right? It's a loss. I'm not happy with that."

The 25-year-old rookie was excellent in the regular season, finishing first in goals-against average (1.89) and tied for fourth in save percentage (.927). However, it seemed fair to wonder whether a player with just 30 starts under his belt might slip a bit on the biggest stage of his career.

Kristopher Martel @kmartel_sports

Wondered if and when the shoe would fall this season for Binnington. Boy I really hope it's not NOW, this close to the finish line for them...

Binnington appears to be falling back to earth at an inopportune time for the Blues, who find themselves down 2-1 in the series.

If he doesn't bounce back in Game 4 on Monday, St. Louis' title hopes will almost certainly evaporate.