The St. Louis Blues got one of their biggest wins of the season on Saturday, beating the Anaheim Ducks in overtime, thank to a goal from Chris Stewart. The Blues are in prime position to make a return trip to the playoffs this season, and Stewart’s offensive numbers are a big reason for their success. As injuries have limited the games T.J. Oshie, Andy McDonald, Alex Steen and Vladimir Tarasenko have been able to appear in, Stewart has been scoring consistently and has not missed a game. He leads the Blues in goals and points, and has been one of their best performers on the power play as well.
Stewart also had an assist in the win over the Ducks, giving him a third straight multi-point game. He scored two goals and added an assist in a win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday, and had a pari of goals in a Tuesday win over the San Jose Sharks. Stewart now has seven goals and 15 points in nine March games, and 14 goals and 28 points for the season. In any other year, he’d be the Blues’ best candidate for the All-Star Game, but in the lockout-shortened season he’ll have to settle for team success over personal accolades.
With two more points, Stewart will surpass his scoring numbers from last season, which was his first full campaign with the Blues. After scoring 28 goals and adding 25 assists in a 2010-11 season that saw him start with the Colorado Avalanche before being traded to St. Louis, Stewart only managed to score 15 goals last season. He currently has eight more points than anyone else on the team, and has without a doubt been the Blues’ best offensive weapon this season. If the Blues hope to return to the playoffs, they will need his excellent play to continue.