The St. Louis Blues’ Jordan Binnington was suspended for initiating a melee that almost resulted in a goalie fight

St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington was suspended for two games Thursday for his recent outburst on the ice, which sparked a hand-to-hand fight and a hand-to-hand fight with the goaltender.

Binnington had after Ryan Hartman after the Minnesota forward scored and made what the league called “light, incidental contact” with the keeper when he ran wide in Wednesday’s 8-5 Wild win. Binnington entered the goal celebration and hit Hartman in the face with his blocker. During the ensuing scuffle, Minnesota goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury ran down to confront Binnington, but on-ice officials kept them apart.

Binnington was ejected after being given a match penalty. He and Fleury were also given two minutes to leave the crease.

The suspension — for gross and unsportsmanlike conduct — costs Binnington $64,864.86 in lost pay.

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“Rudelessly stepping into an opponent’s goal celebration long after the game has ended for the purpose of retaliation will not be tolerated,” he said NHL said in a video.

What are Binnington’s past breakouts?

The NHL noted that Binnington had no previous suspensions or fines during his career.

But he has had breakouts in the past.

Earlier this season the Blues goalie knocked on Pittsburgh’s Jason Zucker rose as he circled the net. Zucker later faced Binnington, prompting Blues coach Craig Berube to pull his goalie, who received a misconduct for opening his mouth on the Penguins bench when he left the crease.

“It doesn’t help,” said Berube about his goalkeeper’s escapades at the time. “Just play goal. Stop the puck.”

St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington cheers on the crowd after being kicked out of the game against the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday.

In last season’s playoffs, Binnington threw an empty water bottle towards Nazem Kadri during a post-game interview on TNT with the then-Avalanche player who injured the goalie in an accidental collision.

during one 2021 Sharks Blues GameBinnington pushed goalie Devan Dubnyk as he left the ice after being pulled.

Binnington won the Stanley Cup and made the All-Rookie team with the Blues in 2019, but this season and last season his goals-against average was over 3.00.

What did Marc-Andre Fleury say during the near-goal fight?

Fleury was miked during Wednesday’s game and The Wild tweeted audio and video of the incident.

Among Fleury’s quotes while speaking to the officer detaining him:

“He (Binnington) always wants to fight someone.”

“It’ll be fun, no. Get the crowd going, yeah.”

“I’m just getting my things. I don’t like it when I have hair like that, you know?”

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: The Blues’ Jordan Binnington has been suspended for beating Wild’s Ryan Hartman

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