Jaden Schwartz has 18 goals this season, but none were as pretty as his OT winner on Tuesday night. The third-year winger went nearly coast-to-coast with the puck on a string before scoring from his knees to seal a 2-1 victory for the St. Louis Blues.
The St. Louis Blues have lost just one of their past 12 games and are undoubtedly playing their best hockey of the season. And, as always, when things are going well for a team, they can at times look unstoppable. That’s where Jaden Schwartz comes in.
With the Blues and the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning tied 1-1 in overtime on Tuesday night, Schwartz put on a solo display that will live on in highlight packages of his career forever. The 22-year-old winger took a pass as he exited the Blues zone, slipped the puck around Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman, past a watching Ondrej Palat, kicked it to his own stick, and scored on Ben Bishop while falling to the ice.
The highlight-reel goal was Schwartz’s 18th of the season and gives him 41 points on the year. Playing in just his third NHL season, Schwartz is on pace to smash his career-high 25 goals and 56 points from the 2013-14 season. If he keeps this up, the Melfort, Sask., native should finish the year with at least 30 goals and more than 70 points. Not bad for having missed seven games with a foot injury.
The overtime tally was also Schwartz’s fourth game-winning goal of the campaign. There might be good reason for the rest of the Central Division to fear the Blues come playoffs.