St. Louis Blues look to advance to Stanley Cup finals

Blues goalie Jordan Binnington, left, protects the puck as San Jose Sharks center Melker Karlsson closes in during the second period in Game 4 of the NHL Stanley Cup Western Conference final series Friday in St. Louis. (AP photo)

ST. LOUIS — Jaden Schwartz is on a scoring run that has the St. Louis Blues dreaming big.

Schwartz’s hat trick in Game 5 on Sunday helped give the Blues a 3-2 series lead against the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference final and set the single-season franchise record for playoff wins.

The Blues could advance to their first Stanley Cup Final since 1970 when they host Game 6 tonight.

“It’s probably tough to put into words,” Schwartz said. “It’s something that everyone’s worked for and dreamed about. You don’t want to look too far ahead. We all know how important and how hard that last win’s going to be. It would be a dream come true.”

Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko have played huge roles in the Blues’ playoff success. Just not necessarily in the way that was expected.

Blues left wing Pat Maroon, left, and San Jose Sharks defenseman Justin Braun collide during the first period in Game 3 of the NHL Stanley Cup Western Conference final series on Wednesday in St. Louis. (AP photo)

Tarasenko has come up with more big assists than goals against the Sharks.

Meanwhile, Schwartz has found a scoring touch that eluded him during the regular season. After scoring 11 goals in 69 regular-season games, Schwartz has 12 goals in 18 playoff games.