Jaden Schwartz scored three times and also also also 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 from the series, and also also also 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 also also also Dustin Byfuglien scored for Winnipeg, which tried to rally after having only one shot on goal from the second period and also also also falling behind, 3-0, early from the third. Connor Hellebuyck finished with 33 saves.
Schwartz, who had only 11 goals from the regular season, has four from the playoffs — the Blues’ last four, starting with the tiebreaking score with 15 seconds left from the 3-2 win in Game 5.
Binnington, a 25-year-old rookie who began the season as a backup from the American Hockey League, appreciated Schwartz’s ability to stay the course.
“What a boss,” Binnington said. “He’s playing great. and also also also his beard looks pretty Great on him, too.”
Schwartz scored just 23 seconds into the contest. which was the sixth goal scored from the first minute of a game from the postseason, initially in N.H.L. history which has happened from the opening round.
Schwartz pushed the lead to 2-0 that has a power-play goal off a wrist shot with 7 minutes 24 seconds left from the second period and also also also completed the natural hat trick early from the third. which was the Blues’ first postseason hat trick since Vladimir Tarasenko scored three times on April 18, 2015, against Minnesota.
CAPITALS 6, HURRICANES 0 Nicklas Backstrom had two goals and also also also two assists, Alex Ovechkin had a goal and also also also two assists, and also also also Braden Holtby stopped all 30 shots he faced to lead host Washington to a rout of Carolina in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference first-round series.
Washington carries a 3-2 lead and also also also can advance that has a win on Monday night in Raleigh, N.C. The winner of the series will face the Islanders from the second round.
After scoring a few goals in 20 games during the Capitals’ run to the Stanley Cup a year ago which included missing four games with two fractures in his right pointer finger, Backstrom has which many already in these playoffs.
Ovechkin assisted on Backstrom’s second goal and also also also Tom Wilson’s on the power play and also also also added the exclamation point from the rout that has a power-play goal from the third. Nic Dowd scored on a penalty shot, and also also also Brett Connolly had his first goal of the series.
Hurricanes goalie Petr Mrazek allowed six goals on 28 shots nevertheless was largely hung out to dry. Washington went 2 for 3 on the power play, and also also also Carolina came up empty on several opportunities which could have changed the course of the game.
STARS 5, PREDATORS 3 Alexander Radulov scored two goals from the second period and also also also Dallas won at Nashville to push the Western Conference’s No. 2 seed to the brink of elimination.
The Stars, the West’s first wild card, can oust the Predators, the two-time defending Central Division champions, at home on Monday night. Dallas might join Colorado, Columbus and also also also St. Louis as lower seeds to advance.
Jason Dickinson also scored twice, Tyler Seguin had a goal and also also also an assist, and also also also Jamie Benn had three assists.