NHL playoffs 2019: Jaden Schwartz pushes Blues to next round with historic goal, hat trick

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.


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