Video: Vladimir Tarasenko's top 5 goals this season
St. Louis Blues Vladimir Tarasenko of Russia (L) congratulates teammate Jori Lehtera of Finland for his goal in the first period against the Buffalo Sabres at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on November 11, 2014. UPI/Bill Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT
St. Louis Blues Vladimir Tarasenko of Russia (L) congratulates T.J. Oshie on his first goal of the season in the first period aginst the Nashville Predators at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on November 13, 2014. UPI/Bill Greenblatt By BILL GREENBLATT
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues superstar forward Vladimir Tarasenko has made an impression on fans around the NHL with his 12 goals in 20 games.
Specifically, crowds in New York, New Jersey, Dallas and Montreal have all played witness to his highlight reel goals. Here’s a look at the top five Tarasenko goals of the season, so far. In his 20 games this season, Tarasenko has been held point-less in only six games.
5. Canadiens: This past Thursday, November 20th, Tarasenko scored the only goal in the Blues 4-1 loss, but the goal was a doozy. As the puck bounced toward Montreal goaltender Carey Price, Tarasenko took a swing and the puck landed in the net.
4. Stars: Tarasenko netted three goals, one an overtime winner, in the October 28th game against the Dallas Stars. It’s a little unfair to throw three goals into the number four spot, but Tarasenko’s first career hat trick – and five goals in three games – eventually led to him being named one of the NHL’s three stars of the week.
3. Predators: The Blues don’t want their star goal scorer to find himself in any fights. As goaltender Brian Elliott said, “We want to keep his hands nice and soft.” But back on November 13th Tarasenko completed a Gordie Howe Hat Trick – a goal, an assist and a fight – against division rival Nashville.
On the goal, Tarasenko skated past two Predator defenders as he blasted a puck high to Pekka Rinne’s glove side.
2. Devils: Tarasenko missed the net on his first attempt past New Jersey goaltender Cory Schneider, hitting the post instead. But the Blues pushed the puck back into the offensive zone and the Russian hesitates with the puck, pulling Schneider out of the net as he’s able to push the puck over the line.
1. Rangers: The previous goal against New Jersey had the chance to be number one with Tarasenko’s devastating deception on Schneider, but his ability to fool every opposing player on the ice and the New York Rangers goaltender puts this goal at the top. In front of a large crowd at Madison Square Garden, Tarasenko silenced the crowd with his one-handed goal past Cam Talbot.