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 Western Conference playoff series Saturday night to advance to the second round.
The Blues became the first home team to win in the series, and they advanced to the second round for the third time in four years. St. Louis 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 having only one shot on goal in the second period and falling behind, 3-0, early in the third. Connor Hellebuyck finished with 33 saves.
Schwartz, who had only 11 goals cheap nhl jerseys
in the regular season, has four in the playoffs — the Blues’ last four, starting with the tiebreaking score with 15 seconds left in the 3-2 win in Game 5.
Binnington, a 25-year-old rookie who began the season as a backup in the American Hockey League, appreciated Schwartz’s ability to stay the course.
“What a boss,” Binnington said. “He’s playing great. And his beard looks pretty good on him, too.”
Schwartz scored just 23 seconds into the contest. It was the sixth goal scored in the first minute of a game in the postseason, the first time in N.H.L. history that has happened in the opening round.