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Rookie goalie Jordan Binnington makes history in St. Louis Blues' Game 6 win

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Connor Grott
St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington (L) made 25 stops in the Blues' 5-1 win over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night. File Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI
St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington (L) made 25 stops in the Blues' 5-1 win over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night. File Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI | License Photo

May 22 (UPI) -- St. Louis rookie goalie Jordan Binnington achieved another historic milestone as the Blues defeated the San Jose Sharks in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals Tuesday night.

Binnington, who picked up his franchise-record 12th playoff win following the Blues' 5-1 victory, became the fifth rookie goaltender in NHL history, and first in 32 years, to earn his team's first 12 wins in a single postseason. He joined Patrick Roy (15, 1986), Ron Hextall (15, 1987), Ken Dryden (12, 1971) and Mike Vernon (12, 1986), according to the league.

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Binnington previously became the first netminder in Blues history to record 10 wins in a single postseason. In St. Louis' 5-0 win in Game 5 on Sunday, he joined Brian Elliott (2016) as the second goalie in franchise history in the last 15 years to record a shutout in the playoffs.

The rookie goalie was stellar once again and stopped 25 of the 26 shots he faced in Game 6. He has a 12-7 record with a 2.37 goals-against average and .914 save percentage in 19 games this postseason.

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The Blues defeated the Sharks in six games to reach their first Stanley Cup Final since 1970. St. Louis plays the Boston Bruins in the championship series.

Game 1 is Monday night in Boston.

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