(HockeyStL) -- Vladimir Tarasenko may have set the bar too high after scoring two goals in his NHL debut -- or maybe he didn’t.
Tarasenko poured in another goal in his first NHL road game and helped on two other goals scored by Andy McDonald and Alex Pietrangelo.
The right winger, nicknamed “Frank” by his teammates, tied the game at 1-1 midway through the first period on a hard wrist shot past Predators goalie Pekka Rinne. Tarasenko scored after skating to the middle of slot from the right side boards to create a small shooting lane.
A quick release appeared to catch Rinne off-guard as the puck fluttered off his shoulder and into the back of the net.
A short time later, the Russian sensation drew a penalty after making a break toward the Predators net for a solid scoring opportunity. He was hooked down to the ice by David Legwand before getting a shot off.
The Blues would score on the power play on a wrist shot by McDonald and took a 2-1 lead at the time. Tarasenko and Kevin Shattenkirk assisted on the goal.
After trailing 3-2 in the third period, Pietrangelo scored on an odd angle after taking a pass from Tarasenko to even the score. Jaden Schwartz was also credited with an assist on the play.
Tarasenko is tied for the league-lead with five points along with Marian Hossa, Martin St. Louis and Thomas Vanek.