St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington was forced to miss much of the series against the Colorado Avalanche after sustaining an injury in Game 3 after a controversial collision with Nazem Kadri. After the game, Binnington bizarrely threw a water bottle at Kadri, missing his target but still coming close enough to cause a scene. Now, more than a week removed from the bizarre incident, Binnington has opened up on his actions and what prompted him to chuck the water bottle at Kadri. Via Brady Trettenero, Binnington claimed the moment was simply too good to pass up.
Jordan Binnington speaks on why he threw water bottle at Nazem Kadri. "I felt like it was a god-given opportunity" pic.twitter.com/Uz59d33jVI
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“So, I went to get my knee checked out in that game. I was coming back to the rink, the game just ended… couldn’t find a recycling bin… Right before I walk into the locker room, I see him kind of being interviewed, smiling, lauhging. And I’m there in a knee brace, limping down the hallway,” Binnington said. “I felt like it was a God-given opportunity. I could just stay silent and go into the room, or I can say something, and have him look me in the eye and have him understand what’s going on. Something to think about. And yeah, threw the water bottle — an empty water bottle. It landed like two feet from him… it is what it is. It’s hockey. It’s a competitive game.”
Binnington’s justification for his actions was truly bizarre, but he didn’t skirt around the question, giving a candid answer as to what was going on in his head during those moments. The Blues’ goaltender was obviously frustrated having just been dealt a brutal injury blow, courtesy of the dangerous hit from Kazri, so it’s clear his temper got the best of him.
Whether he accomplished his goal of getting Kadri’s attention and having him “understand what’s going on” remains unclear. But the Blues goalie didn’t try to shy away from the incident and what he described as being a “God-given opportunity” to extract some bizarre revenge on Kadri.
Ultimately, it was Kadri and the Avs getting the last laugh, punching their ticket to the Western Conference Finals after taking down the Blues in the six-game series.