Jaden Schwartz’s heroics propelled the St. Louis Blues to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Schwartz scored St. Louis’ final four goals of the series, including a hat trick in Saturday’s clinching 3-2 Game 6 win over the Winnipeg Jets. The center poked a loose puck past netminder Connor Hellebuyck 23 seconds into the contest. Jets head coach Paul Maurice challenged the score, arguing goalie interference, but the goal stood.
Scoring quickly has been a theme in this year’s first round. In addition to Schwartz, five other players have scored in the first minute of a game this postseason, the most in a first round.
The early marker was just a warmup for the eighth-year center; he also scored in the second and third frames.
NHL PLAYOFFS 2019: Blues’ Jaden Schwartz nets game-winner in final minute of regulation
Tyler Bozak fed Schwartz from behind the net on a power play in the second, giving St. Louis a 2-0 lead 12:36 into the period. Schwartz scored his third 3:55 into the third period. It was his 14th career postseason goal and his first career postseason hat trick.
The Blues await the winner of the Nashville Predators-Dallas Stars series, which Dallas leads 3-2 after a comfortable 5-3 win Saturday afternoon.