Sport The Buzzer: Binnington breaks Blues’ skid, Fiala, McDavid, Draisaitl star on Wednesday
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Minnesota almost pulled out another ugly win, but Erik Karlsson stole the showAfter somehow defeating the St. Louis Blues last Thursday despite getting outshot 37-11, ten minutes in it looked like the Wild might be hoping to win by the same script. Halfway through the first the Sharks had six shots to the Wild’s zero. And just like last Friday, Wild goalie Cam Talbot had to be both lucky and good, making some tough saves as well as relying on his teammates to clear the crease. Like when a save made flew over his head and landed dangerously near the goal mouth but newly called-up taxi squadder Luke Johnson was in a good position to usher the puck away.
3 Stars for Wednesday in the NHL
1., St. Louis Blues
Heading into Wednesday’s NHL action, the Blues were mired in a seven-game losing streak. You can’t really do much Sabres-inspired “winless vs. losing streak” stammering, either, as the Blues only recorded a single standings point during that stretch.
Binnington has been in the Blues’ net during many of these blunders, and really hasn’t looked so hot since signing.
While one game can’t turn around the Blues’ (or Binnington’s) season, his best work did come when St. Louis was left for dead. Perhaps that explains a bit of swaggery talk after Binnington stopped 50 out of 51 shots to help the Blues beat the Golden Knights.
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Binnington after the 3-1 win over Vegas: "The boys fought hard all the way through. …Yea, we're coming."
— Bally Sports Midwest (@BallySportsMW)
Not a bad rebound from the Golden Knights beating the Blues 6-1, eh?
2., Minnesota Wild
Speaking of streaks (winning, losing, points, pointless), the Avalanche finally lost in regulation thanks to the Wild. In Colorado’s case, they carried a 15-game point streak into Wednesday’s NHL action.
For a Wild team that saw some momentum end when they hit aearlier this season, this had to be sweet.
Naturally,(2G, 1A) was a big part of the Wild’s romp vs. the Avalanche. In an 8-3 win, the Wild also enjoyed three-point outputs from and .
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Coverage begins at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and the NBC Sports app.McDavid (64 points) and Draisaitl (57 points) rank first and second in the League in scoring this season. The Edmonton pair finished first and second last season with Draisaitl claiming the Art Ross Trophy. If the duo finish 1-2 again, they would become the first set of teammates to sweep the top-two spots in consecutive years since Boston’s Phil Esposito and Bobby Orr did so in the ’73-74 and ’74-75 campaigns. Together, Esposito and Orr finished 1-2 on five separate occasions.
But it was Kevin Fiala who enjoyed a bear of a game. For the first time in his impressive NHL career, Kevin Fiala collected a hat trick. He also set a career-high with four points, as Fiala added an assist to that hat trick.
With that hat trick + assist, Kevin Fiala extended his own point streak to seven games in a big way. During that span, Fiala has generated five goals and six assists for 11 points. Last season, Fiala, and it might be happening again.
3./ , Edmonton Oilers
Here’s a sign that there were some big star performances for Wednesday in the NHL: it’s not clear where Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid should rank after scoring four points apiece.
Truly, you could argue in a number of ways.
Putting aside the apples and oranges of four points vs. 50 out of 51 saves, it’s even tricky to go with skaters.
On one hand, Draisaitl and McDavid. Draisaitl matched Fiala’s hat trick + assist performance, and it wasn’t in as zany a game as Wild – Avs. Both McDavid and Draisaitl provided examples for why they’re so unstoppable.
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But Fiala gets the slight edge because Draisaitl got to his hat trick with a buzzer-beating empty-netter. Besides, as great as Fiala is, he might not have the same frequency of appearances in the three stars, so why not give him that recognition for Wednesday in the NHL?
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Highlights from Wednesday in the NHL:
Watch Kevin Fiala generate that hat trick as part of his four-point barrage for the Wild vs. the Avs:
Then enjoy that hat trick + assist from Draisaitl, while McDavid collected three assists and a goal:
Wednesday’s NHL scores
Blues 3, Golden Knights 1
Wild 8, Avalanche 3
Kings 4, Coyotes 3
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