To be clear, Mark Scheifele isn’t exactly known as a dirty player - he’s the Jets’ leading regular season goal scorer. The Jets, however, have a reputation as being a heavy team to play against and the Blues got a good blow at that last night. The Jets were all over the Blues to begin with before St. Louis got their footing and controlled the conclusion to the game. One of the first players to get a taste of the Jets’ heavy hitting was Jordan Binnington, who was finishing playing the puck when this happened:
Mark Scheifele LEVELS Jordan Binnington pic.twitter.com/g6cZw5FIeJ— Brandon Murphy (@2Murphy8) April 11, 2019
When asked after the game about the hit, a terse Scheifele responded with a “that’s not my style” quote:
“It’s a tough play,” he said. “Obviously, I’m not a guy that’s going go out and try and hit a goaltender,” Scheifele said. “So it’s one of those plays where I feel like I’m entitled to my ice. He just tosses the puck to the other side, and if I go one way and he goes the same way, I’m hitting him way harder than I did. I tried very hard to get out of the way. Refs made the call.”
Scheifele had more than enough time to change direction. He saw where Binnington was going (why would it be at a wider angle than he already is headed - of course he’s staying close to the crease) and went the same direction too, hoping to cut between Binnington and the net. It may not’ve been a “I’m going to take the guy out” moment, but it was pretty clear that’s what could’ve happened and it was a risk that he was willing to take.
Binnington wasn’t rattled, though. You could even say he got the last laugh - if he was capable of laughter. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him do it.