No matter how few goals Jaden Schwartz scored during the regular season, it never diminished his work ethic.
The St. Louis Blues forward had 36 points (11 goals, 25 assists) in 69 games this season, and he went through a 22-game stretch without a goal.
A popular player in the locker room, Schwartz gets high praise from teammates on a regular basis, and the praise he received after scoring his first Stanley Cup Playoff hat trick in a 3-2 win against the Winnipeg Jets in Game 6 of the Western Conference First Round was not only worthy, but well-deserved.
"He's been going all series," defenseman Alex Pietrangelo said. "You know it was just a matter of time before things started going in for him. He's had a lot of looks. I've said it to you guys before, even when he's not scoring, he's pretty darn effective out there. And when things start going in for him like they were tonight, boy oh boy, he's fun to watch."
Things weren't going accordingly from a points perspective for Schwartz early in the playoffs, with one assist in four games, but that all changed when he scored the tiebreaking goal with 15 seconds left in the third period of a 3-2 win in Game 5, and all three goals at Enterprise Center on Saturday.