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Watch Tarasenko beat Howard all alone for first NHL goal

Jan 20, 2013, 12:32 AM EDT

There’s some really impressive top-end talent in this season’s crop of rookies and we’ve seen evidence of that over the course of the NHL’s opening day.

In a night littered with impressive performances, Vladimir Tarasenko‘s first career NHL goal still stands out as one of the top highlights.

Tarasenko accepted a stretch pass and found himself well ahead of his fellow St. Louis Blues players and with a clear path to Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard. He made the most of the opportunity and beat Howard to open up the scoring in what would become a 6-0 victory for St. Louis.

You can watch his goal below:

Tarasenko added a power-play goal just 29 seconds into the second period to give himself a very early lead in the NHL rookie goal scoring race.

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  1. polegojim - Jan 20, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Nice goal and take nothing from it… great effort.

    Howard was… not very Howard-like tonight either.

  2. spetznaz777 - Jan 20, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    screw this goal, the second was so much better.

  3. jmillmac - Jan 20, 2013 at 5:25 AM

    I thought he was VERY Howard-like – its just the Wings D was very in-Lidstrom-like.

    I the long run, tonight may end up being more about how poor the Wings’ D is than how dangerous the Blues’ outlet game is, but make no mistake: we may be a defense first team, but we can score this year, too!

  4. blues1988 - Jan 20, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    http://video.blues.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=782&id=194206&lang=en&navid=DL|STL|home : for a link to both of his goals, that second goal was so nasty, so excited for this year LGB!

    • vbcaps - Jan 20, 2013 at 12:15 PM

      Yea that second goal was just dirty.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:11 AM

      Unbelievable. Sucks that I’ll have to hate the Blues though once they realign into the Wild and Jets’ division next year ;)

  5. paperlions - Jan 20, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Apparently, “woooooo!” is the same in Russian and English.

    Vladdy looks like the missing piece for this team. A potential pure goal scorer with a natural finishing touch. They had pretty much everything else on last year’s team.

  6. lostpuppysyndrome - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Holy jumpin’ indeed.

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