(HockeyStL) -- St. Louis Blues forward Chris Stewart is having himself quite the week. One day after being named the NHL’s No. 1 star of the week, Stewart reached the career milestone of 300 games played in the NHL on Tuesday night.
Heading into Tuesday’s tilt against the Vancouver Canucks, Stewart was coming off his best three games after scoring five goals and seven points with a plus-five rating.
After scoring his second game-winning goal in as many games on Saturday, Stewart said, “I was really excited. I might have over-celebrated right there -- I don’t really care -- I’m having fun.”
It’s hard not to have fun when it seems like every shot he takes is finding the back of the net. It isn’t quite every shot, but five of his last eight shots taken have resulted in goals prior to Tuesday’s game.
Ken Hitchcock is starting to see similar things between Stewart and the likes of Sidney Crosby and Zach Parise -- a level of compete where work comes before skill.
“Once you figure out why you have success, you don’t want to let go of the rope and I think he’s figuring out the harder he competes, the more he scores,” Hitchcock said. “Rather than looking to score, he’s looking to compete and then the whole thing just takes care of itself.”
Hitchcock added that he believes Stewart is just “starting to figure it out” which could become a scary realization for the opposition.
The 6-foot-2, 232-pound forward already has two fewer points in 29 games played this season than he did in 79 games played in 2011-12. Mix in the fact that he is only 25 years old and that places Stewart on the edge of becoming an elite winger in the NHL.
The work ethic and maturity seem to be there for Stewart this season after battling through a disappointing season last year.
St. Louis is now hoping Stewart never lets go of that rope.