It is well-documented how St. Louis Blues goalie Jordan Binnington has anger issues. On Wednesday night, he managed to get under the skin of one of the most beloved NHL players in Minnesota Wild goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.
In the second period, as the game was tied at 4, Wild forward Ryan Hartman beat Binnington in net and skated to join his teammates in celebration. However, while doing so, he tripped on one of the goalie's pads which infuriated Binnington, who then attacked Hartman with his blocker.
Chaos ensued and a fight broke out with Binnington in the middle of it, his teammates attempting to help him out and the Wild players defending Hartman.
That's when Fleury skated across the line to join the scrum and removed his mask and glove to take on Binnington. The officials would not allowed it, despite Binnington pulling at the linesman to break free, but it still provided a jaw-dropping moment in St. Louis.
Binnington, who was attempting to pump the crowd, was thrown out of the game while Fleury got a minor penalty for leaving the crease.
The Blues' netminder was annoyed for a while. After Mason Shaw scored for Minnesota, he went up to the Wild's bench and talked some trash. He basically told his opponents they had gotten to him.
This is not the first time the Blues' goalie has been ejected for his conduct on the ice, always looking for a fight. Things unfortunately did not settle down in the last minutes of the frame as some of Binnington's teammates wanted to get Hartman. Brayden Schenn was also sent to the Blues' dressing room with an unsportsmanlike conduct after hitting Hartman along the boards after the whistle. On his way to the tunnel, he swung his stick at the boards in anger.
When Alex Goligoski scored of Thomas Greiss, who too over for Binnington, he mocked the angry goalie with his celebration.
But we agree with the Wild: