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A Lasting Memory

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

SUNRISE, Fla - They say good things come to those who wait, and that couldn't have been more true for the Schwartz family on Friday night.

After their son sustained a broken ankle in late October, Rick and Carol Schwartz had to wait 49 games to see their son in action again.

"Three months is a long time," Rick said. "For me and my wife, we were watching games, but it’s not the same when your kid’s not there.”

On Friday, Jaden made his long-awaited return and contributed right off the bat with a first-period goal that gave the Blues a 2-1 lead. He added an assist on Vladimir Tarasenko's goal later and helped jumpstart the team to an impressive 5-3 win against the Panthers at BB&T Center.

“I’m a very proud dad today,” said Rick, who was traveling with the team for the Blues' second annual Dads' Trip. “I can’t say enough about it.”

“I felt pretty good," Jaden said after the game. "I tried not to think about it too much, just go out there and play, move my feet, get going early and try to get into the game as quick as I could. Adrenaline was going too, so overall, I felt a little bit better than I thought I would.”

Jaden played 13 minutes and 31 seconds in his return and posted three shots on goal, a plus-2 rating and two hits.

“Everybody was pulling for him,” goalie Brian Elliott said. “He’s been watching games for I don’t know how many months now. It’s good to see him get back out there and put it in right away. He’s a big piece to our puzzle.”

“He was playing well, and it looks like he’s doing OK,” Rick said after the second period. “He had a few good chances even before his goal. He’s working hard, and I’m sure he’s happy he got that one put away and helped the team out there.”

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