04/20 21:20 CDT Schwartz leads Blues past Jets 3-2 in Game 6 to win series
Schwartz leads Blues past Jets 3-2 in Game 6 to win series
By STEVE OVERBEY
ST. LOUIS (AP) --- Jaden Schwartz scored three times and Jordan Binnington
stopped 18 shots to help the St. Louis Blues beat the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 in Game
6 of their playoff series Saturday night to advance to the second round.
The Blues will next face the winner of the Dallas-Nashville series, which the
Stars lead 3-2.
Bryan Little and Dustin Byfuglien scored for Winnipeg, which tried to rally
after falling behind 3-0 early in the third period. Connor Hellebuyck finished
with 33 saves.
The Blues became the first home team to win in the series, and advanced to the
second round for the third time in four years.
Schwartz, who had only 11 goals in the regular season, has four in the playoffs
--- the Blues' last four, starting the tiebreaking tally with 15 seconds left
in the 3-2 win in Game 5.
Binnington began the season as a backup for the Blues' AHL affiliate in San
Antonio. He stopped 33 successive shots after giving up two first-period goals
in Game 5.
Schwartz tallied just 23 seconds into the contest on a pass from Brayden
Schenn. It was the third-fastest playoff goal in franchise history and the
quickest since Brett Hull scored in Game 3 of a first-round playoff series with
Vancouver on May 11, 1995.
Schwartz pushed the lead to 2-0 with a power-play goal off a wrist shot with
7:24 left in the second period and completed the natural hat trick early in the
third. It was the Blues first postseason hat trick since Vladimir Tarasenko
scored three times on April 18, 2015, against Minnesota.
Byfuglien jumped on the rebound of a shot by Kevin Hayes with 7:43 left in the
contest, and Little pulled Winnipeg within one with 37 seconds remaining and
Hellebuyck pulled for an extra skater.
NOTES: Winnipeg managed just one shot on goal in the second period. ... The
visiting team held a 12-4 scoring advantage in the third period and overtime
during the series. ... Winnipeg LW Nikolaj Ehlers played despite being hit in
the foot by a shot from Colton Parayko late in Game 5. ... The Blues had lost
eight successive Game 6 contests. ... St. Louis Cardinals RHP Adam Wainwright
and C Yadier Molina were in attendance. ... The Blues recorded 20 hits in the
first period, a series best.
Blues: Will face either Nashville or Dallas in the second round.
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