Tarasenko stars in regulation and SO for Blues

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 1, 2014 at 10:51 pm •  Published: February 1, 2014
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — After the St. Louis Blues let a two-goal lead get away, Vladimir Tarasenko made sure they skated off with a win.

Tarasenko scored and added an assist in regulation, and then netted the deciding goal in the shootout to lead the Blues to a 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night.

Just seconds after Roman Josi gave the Predators a 3-2 lead at 7:33 of the third period, Tarasenko got control of the puck. He moved into the Nashville end, and after hesitating from the high slot, beat goalie Carter Hutton with a wrist shot at 7:49.

Tarasenko credited his father, Andrei, who coaches in Russia, for his tying goal.

"That was a set play that my father (taught) me," he said. "If you do it right, it's probably hard to catch it. I just tried to make it through."

But Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said Tarasenko, who has 18 goals, has the kind of skills that cannot be taught.

"There's not many pure shooters," Hitchcock said. "But he's one of them."

Brian Elliott, who has won 14 of his last 15 at home, stopped three of four shots in the shootout. Nashville fell to 1-7 in the tiebreaker.

Predators coach Barry Trotz was pleased to get one point.

"I thought it was a great point for us," Trotz said. "You're down to the St Louis Blues 2-0, and it's a real hard rink to come into. They come at you hard, but I thought as the game went on we got better and better."

Jaden Schwartz and David Backes also scored for the Blues, who have beaten the Predators eight of the last nine. Elliott made 28 saves to end a three-game losing streak.

Paul Gaustad, Mike Fisher and Roman Josi scored the Nashville goals, and Hutton turned aside 31 shots.



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