Blues bits: Blues vs. Red Wings

Blues bits: Blues vs. Red Wings

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St. Louis Blues Vladimir Tarasenko of Russia steps (L) gets a congratulatory touch to the helmet by teammate Alex Pietrangelo after scoring his first NHL goal in the first period against the Detroit Red Wings at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on January 19, 2013. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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by Scott Bierman / HockeyStL

KMOV.com

Posted on January 20, 2013 at 1:24 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 31 at 3:59 AM

(HockeyStL) -- The St. Louis Blues laid a smacking to the visiting Detroit Red Wings at the season-opener Saturday.  Here are some interesting and noteworthy points to be made about the performance:

-The Blues fittingly scored six goals on the same night Cardinals legend Stan “The Man” Musial passed away.  Musial, a first ballot Hall of Fame selection, wore No. 6.

-Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak became the first goalie in franchise history to record a shutout in the season-opener.  Halak will start against the Predators on Monday.

-Forward Vladimir Tarasenko scored his first two goals of his NHL career in his first career game -- last player to do that: Jaden Schwartz on March 17, 2012. Click here to watch first goal | Second goal

-The Blues were four-for-five on the power play.  The team took six power play shots.

-The Red Wings went zero-for-four on the power play and had only five power play shots.

-Only one of the Blues’ six goals was scored on even strength -- it was the first goal scored in the game.  It was scored by Vladimir Tarasenko 6:36 into the first period.

-Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard allowed five goals on 28 shots and was pulled in the third period.  He did not allow more than four goals in a single game in 57 games played last season.

-Chris Stewart scored two goals -- it was his first multi-goal game since December 26, 2011 against the Stars.  He had 15 goals in 79 games played last season.

-The Blues outshot the Red Wings 36-14.

-On January 19 of last year, the Blues beat the Oilers 1-0.  It was game No. 46 of the 2011-12 season.  One year later, the lockout forced January 19 to be opening night in the NHL.

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