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Colorado wins in OT but Blues’ Tarasenko, Avs’ Hejduk leave game with injuries

Feb 21, 2013, 1:21 AM EDT

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All it took was one shot for the Colorado Avalanche to beat the St. Louis Blues, but it took 64 minutes and 43 seconds to happen.

Avalanche winger David Jones scored with 17 seconds remaining in overtime, as the Avalanche defeated the Blues 1-0 in overtime.

Colorado’s netminder Semyon Varlamov was by far the busier of the two goalies. He stopped all 33 shots he faced. At the other end, Blues netminder Jaroslav Halak faced only 20 shots. He stopped all but one.

However, Injuries to two different players overshadowed the results.

Blues rookie Vladimir Tarasenko needed to be helped off the ice after taking a hit from Colorado’s Mark Olver.

The Avalanche also couldn’t escape a potential injury situation.

Veteran forward Milan Hejduk, 37, left the game and did not return due to a torso injury.

  1. jernster21 - Feb 21, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    A good hockey hit in my opinion – the play was so fast there was no time for Olver to let up…if he turns the other way (into the hit) with the puck or up the boards to his D guy, the consequences are the same and Olver approaches the hit that way.

    The problem with these hard hits is that the equipment is so “technologically advanced” (read: plastic) that if it hits your face/unpadded skin (shoulder pad on chin), it’s extremely intensified. Hopefully Tarasenko isn’t hurt too bad.

    • paperlions - Feb 21, 2013 at 7:53 AM

      I’m not sure how anything good could have come from Olver’s play. If Tarasenko doesn’t turn toward him, then he’s hitting Tarasenko squarely in the numbers and driving him head-first into the boards….as he was, he hit him in the jaw from the blind side. No, he did throw an elbow up or leave his feet, but to approach with that kind of speed and angle is the basis for most dangerous plays along the boards.

  2. feedmetherock - Feb 21, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Clearly there was intent to do bodily damage. He led with his elbow/forearm. He really had no intent to play the puck at all. I would say that this is a dirty play and a prime example of why concussions are such a growing issue in the sport. Olver went for the kill shot, led with his forearm and caught Tarasenko in the head. If he would have stayed low and led with his shoulder, then I would say it is clean, but the fact that he lifted up and caught a defenseless player up high, I would say it is deserving of a suspension and a fine.

    • polegojim - Feb 21, 2013 at 10:19 AM

      I’d be good with it except for the head hit. Pure and simple – just can’t do it.

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