The clutch scorer Jaden Schwartz was for Colorado College has emerged in these NHL playoffs.
The 24-year-old left winger has two game-winning goals while assisting the game-winner in the series opener against the Minnesota Wild.
His performance and superior goaltending by Jake Allen has the Blues ahead of the Wild 3-0 in their best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinal series entering Game 4 on Wednesday. Only four teams have come back to win a series after falling behind by three games.
The two game-winners are more than in his previous six playoff series – remarkable when you recall he went from Jan. 21 to March 21 with only an empty-net goal to show for his effort.
“Schwartzy always plays hard,” Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “He has so much skill and he works all over (the) ice. Never did anyone feel he lost confidence in his game.”
“You use it as a lesson,” he said before a late-March regular-season game at Colorado. “It reminds you to work harder to help the team win and eventually your goals will come.”
Apparently so. His Game 2 tally came with 2 minutes, 27 seconds left in the third period of a 2-1 win. In Game 3, the 24-year-old scored the go-ahead goal late in the second. He assisted the OT game-winner in Game 1.