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Blues’ Jordan Binnington gives cheap shot to Penguins’ Jason Zucker – USA TODAY

St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington has a history of occasional antics beyond stopping the puck.

The most famous incident was when he threw an empty water bottle in the direction of the Colorado Avalanche’s Nazem Kadri, who was doing a postgame interview during last season’s playoffs and had injured the goalie in an advertent collision.

Saturday night, Binnington was at it again.

He put his glove into the face of Jason Zucker, who was skating around the back of the Blues’ net, causing the Pittsburgh Penguins forward to wipe out and hit the boards hard in the final minute of the first period.

Zucker rubbed his face as he got up slowly. An initial penalty was overturned after a review. 

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But Zucker got his revenge in the second period when he scored against Binnington at 1:51.

With the score 4-1 Pittsburgh, Blues coach Craig Berube pulled Binnington. The 2019 Stanley Cup winner, who doesn’t always go off the ice quietly, mouthed off to the Penguins bench and Zucker as he left.

This time, he was penalized, receiving a 10-minute misconduct. Zucker could only shrug.

“It doesn’t help anything,” Berube said of his goalie’s antics. “Just play goal. Stop the puck.”

The Penguins won 6-2.

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