(HockeyStL) -- When the crowd is chanting your name, you know you have done something good and that’s starting to become a routine thing for Vladimir Tarasenko.
The night started out frustrating for Tarasenko when he was whistled for a tripping penalty in the first period, his second penalty of the season. Two periods had gone by and still no goal or assist from the Russian prospect. He’s human after all.
It would change.
Almost unnoticed, Tarasenko would slip onto the ice from a line change with the puck in the offensive zone. He would receive a tape-to-tape pass from Alex Steen and skate in on Pekka Rinne for his fourth goal of the season and second in as many games against the Predators. For fans, the line of McDonald-Steen-Tarasenko is a fun one to watch.
“It’s a really interesting line because it’s a throwback line,” Ken Hitchcock said. “It’s a line I think the hockey purists, anybody that saw the game back in eighties and nineties, would really appreciate this line. It’s a puck possession line.”
The line has been a point producer. Tarasenko has tallied six points while Steen and Andy McDonald each have four through the first four games of the season. The latter two have kept a watchful eye on the kid that has garnered so much attention so quickly.
“He’s been contributing a whole lot. He’s very respected in the locker room. He’s a humble guy and a great guy,” Berglund said. “And obviously he’s playing with (McDonald and Steen) -- two great players -- helps him everyday in practices and games. He’s in real good hands.”