The Blues carved out another slice of team history in clinching their best-of-seven playoff series against Winnipeg with a 3-2 victory Saturday at Enterprise Center.
They became the first team in the NHL’s expansion era (since 1967-68) to win a playoff series after ranking last in the overall league standings at any point after New Year’s Day. (This is with a minimum 20 games played.)
“It is kind of nuts when you look back at it,” defenseman Carl Gunnarsson said. “When you’re in the midst of it, you’re just trying to fight through and get out of it. We did. It’s awesome and now just try to keep going.”
Although Jaden Schwartz’s hat trick was the top storyline Saturday, the work of the St. Louis defense should not be overlooked.
“It was good,” Gunnarsson said. “It was great for 56 minutes or something. We knew they were going to come hard and not give up and we give up two goals, cheap nhl jerseys from china
which is kind of tough. I thought we did a great job all over. Offensively and defensively, that’s the kind of game we want to play.”
Through two periods, the Jets’ top line of Kyle Connnor, Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler had combined for no shots on goal and just one attempt — a missed shot by Wheeler.
After the game, Wheeler didn’t take kindly to a question about why the Jets were so thoroughly outplayed for most of the game.
“(Bleep) off,” he told a Winnipeg reporter. “Please. Come on, man. This is a tough trophy to win. Maybe our best just wasn’t good enough today. And their best was pretty darn good. In situations like that you look for the resolve in your group. You look for how guys fight. And we played until the last whistle. That’s the way I see it.”
The way the Blues see it is they shut down the Jets’ top line in the final two games of the series — allowing that trio no goals or assists — took the series 4-2, and move on to the second round.