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Schwartz's historic hat trick helps Blues advance

by St. Louis Blues /

Jaden Schwartz supplied all the offense the St. Louis Blues needed in their 3-2 series-clinching victory against the Winnipeg Jets in Game 6 of the Western Conference First Round on Saturday.

Schwartz had a natural hat trick, making him the second player in NHL history with a natural hat trick in a Stanley Cup Playoff series-clinching game, joining Geoff Courtnall of the Vancouver Canucks against the Jets in Game 7 of the 1992 Smythe Division Semifinals.

Dating to Game 5, when he scored the game-winning goal with 15 seconds remaining in the third period, Schwartz has scored the Blues' past four goals. He joined Phil Roberto (Games 2-4, 1972 NHL Quarterfinal) and Red Berenson (Games 1-2, 1969 NHL Semifinal) as the third player in Blues history to account for four consecutive team goals in the postseason.

Video: WPG@STL, Gm6: Schwartz lifts Blues with hat trick

Schwartz is the fourth Blues player in the past 20 years with game-winning goals in consecutive playoff games. The previous St. Louis player to do it was Schwartz, in Games 2 and 3 of the 2017 Western Conference First Round against the Minnesota Wild. Schwartz's six game-winning goals are tied for second in Blues history with Larry Keenan; Brett Hull is first with 15.

Schwartz's play helped the Blues become the first team in the expansion era (since 1967-68) to win a playoff series after being last in the NHL standings after New Year's Day. The Blues were 31st in the League at 15-18-4 on Jan. 3, their 34 points one fewer than the Los Angeles Kings, Philadelphia Flyers and Ottawa Senators.

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