Friday, April 28, 2017

Tarasenko Nets a Pair and Blues Level with Predators

Vladimir Tarasenko had his biggest game of the playoffs and it came at the right time for the St. Louis Blues. The Russian scored a pair, including the game-winner at 16:09 of the third period to give the Blues a 3-2 win over the Predators. The victory levels the team's best-of-7 series at a game apiece. Game 3 is on Sunday afternoon in Nashville.

Tarasenko's first goal tied the score at one in the first. It came with the Blues enjoying a 5-minute power play after Colton Parayko took a knee-to-knee hit from Vernon Fiddler. Parayko finished the game no worse for the wear, logging 22:57 of ice time and notching an assist on Lehtera's goal.

Nashville went ahead on a Ryan Ellis goal in the second, but the Blues tied it just over four minutes later when Jori Lehtera connected for his first of the playoffs.

Tarasenko now has three goals in seven playoff games, and 22 goals in 40 games for his post-season career, which ranks him third all-time among Blues.