In Washington, Nicklas Backstrom had two goals and two assists, Alex Ovechkin had a goal and two assists and Braden Holtby stopped all 30 shots he faced to give the Capitals a 3-2 lead in their playoff series.
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Schwartz scored just 11 times during the regular season and went through a frustrating 22-game scoreless drought from December 20 to February 12. Kevin Hayes made it a 2-0 game with 6:25 remaining in the first period on an assist from Dustin Byfuglien.
Schwartz got the first goal when he put in a rebound after a charge to the net by Schenn. "We really shouldn't point fingers and try to find blame".
Connor Hellebuyck starts in goal for the Jets, while the top line of Mark Scheifele, Blake Wheeler and Kyle Connor will be counted on for a big night. He stopped 33 successive shots after giving up two first-period goals in Game 5. Re-directing a hard pass at his knees by Connor Hellebuyck with 15 seconds remaining, Schwartz set the table for himself to shine in Saturday's elimination contest by shocking the Jets with his late victor in Game 5.
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Schwartz scored just 11 times during the regular season and went through a frustrating 22-game scoreless drought from December 20 to February 12. St. Louis is 14-4 in their last 18 home games and 11-4 in their last 15 games overall while the under is 15-6 in their last 21 games against the Western Conference.
"Whenever you can step up and help the team out, it's nice", Schwartz said.
"We still had belief in this room, as hard as it was or maybe as hard as it was for some people to believe, we felt like we still had a chance and we just kept pushing". "We had a lot of honest conversation".
Game notes Schwartz became the fourth player in franchise history to have a hat trick in the series-winning game, joining Jorgen Pettersson (Game 4, 1984 Division finals), Greg Paslawski (Game 5, 1986 Division semifinals) and Peter Zezel (Game 5, 1989 Division semifinals).
The game was scoreless for two-and-a-half periods before Auston Matthews beat Tuukka Rask with 8:27 left in the third period. Winnipeg LW Nikolaj Ehlers played despite being hit in the foot by a shot from Colton Parayko late in Game 5.