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Blues put Tarasenko on injured reserve

Feb 22, 2013, 2:50 PM EDT

The St. Louis Blues announced Friday that rookie scoring sensation Vladimir Tarasenko has been put on injured reserve.

Tarasenko, 21, was hurt on Wednesday night in St. Louis’ 1-0 overtime loss to Colorado after absorbing this hit from Avalanche forward Mark Olver:

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The NHL’s reigning rookie of the month, Tarasenko left the contest immediately following the hit and didn’t return.

Tarasenko was then taken to a local hospital for examination, but was released after the game and rejoined the Blues for their flight back to St. Louis.

Olver wasn’t penalized on the play and the league opted not to hold a disciplinary hearing for the hit.

Tarasenko had 12 points through 17 games this year and was tied for second on the Blues in goals, with six.

In his place, St. Louis has recalled Chris Porter from AHL Peoria.

  1. cardsandbluesforever - Feb 22, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    watch the vid , clearly a hit to the head. wheather it was intentional or not it should have been penalized and the league should have a disciplinary hearing.

    hits to the head are what the league wants to eliminate. if they really want to be effective at that EVERY hit to the head of an opposing player whether intentional or not should result in a suspension and fine. its the only way to get through to players that this must stop, and stop immediately. the current system is not working because we are still having players around the league knocked out of significant playing time with concussions and post concussion syndrome.

  2. 19to77 - Feb 22, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    My problem with that hit is that half a second earlier it would have been right in Tarasenko’s numbers. Look at Olver’s speed and angle – he committed to the hit while Tarasenko still had his back to him, with no way of knowing he’d turn around and make it clean. Olver was going for a cheap, ugly hit there.

  3. Sean J - Feb 22, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Agreed, replay clearly shows first contact was elbow to head. If it hadn’t been an elbow I wouldn’t feel so strongly but it was. Tarasenko also probably wouldn’t have a severe facial laceration and a concussion. At MINIMUM it should’ve been a minor penalty, but realistically it should’ve been more.

    It’s not the first time Shanahan and the league have been gutless about a situation like this and sadly I doubt it will be the last.

  4. thehighcountrybear - Feb 22, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Naive analysis clearly submitted by persons who never embarrassed a hockey rink…? Even as slow as Olver was coming in, he could not have hoped to predict the instant when Tarasenko would turn up ice; the instantaneous nature of contact notwithstanding, Olver was neither coming in hard nor was he positioning himself with elbows, stick and posture to do anything other than administer a body check. Play the game before you prattle-on about culpability in what was by definition a clean and legal take-out…

  5. wannabebluesplayer - Feb 22, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    I have played hockey, and I can tell you Olver committed to the hit LONG before Tarasenko ever turned around and it still wasn’t a clean hit. No matter who says it was. What Olver intended is irrelevant. If Tarasenko doesn’t turn, than it’s a hit from behind and Olver gets a penalty, maybe a major. Either way, Tarasenko was vulnerable and tried to dissuade that by passing the puck right away. Olver came across the ice with the clear intention of a reckless hit. Stop saying others don’t know what they are talking about when you are venturing your own opinion as well. Everyone is entitled. His shoulder made contact with Tarasenko’s face first. If Tarasenko doesn’t turn, its a hit from behind. Learn to understand what you’re watching.

  6. wannabebluesplayer - Feb 22, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    This is not to mention Olver is the second man in and the original checker is #4 for Colorado. Olver came across the ice so had to have speed built up to glide that quickly. If tarasenko doesn’t turn, it’s a shoulder to back/shoulder hit but still reckless in the fact that he was facing the boards. Olver knew what he was doing the whole time.

    • phenom4498 - Feb 22, 2013 at 6:20 PM

      Second man in?? what is that?? since when can only one person hit another person at a time?? last time I checked theres no such thing as a third man rule when hitting someone in hockey….and “built up speed to glide that quickly”?? Hes gliding…and at a slow pace, you sound as though he came from the bench full speed which is not the case…..Youre being completely bias due to the fact you are a Blues fan….Clean hit, get over it

  7. kgun80 - Feb 22, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    Good clean hit. The kid turned into it. But give him credit he got up like a man and left ice.

  8. bobhpine - Feb 22, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    As someone who has played hockey, I find it hilarious when people think that somehow the opinion of someone who hasn’t played hockey is somehow less relevant. It isn’t exactly rocket science.

    You’re responsible for what you hit. Head shots are illegal in international play, juniors, Europe, etc., and the sport is better for it, eventually the players adapt. The NHL needs to ban all head shots. Tarasenko is a great talent and the NHL is worse off with him on IR. This is a safety issue AND a business issue.

    Should the NHL protect the Olvers of the world or Tarasenkos, Crosby, Kariya, Lafontaine, etc.? Sounds like an easy answer to me.

  9. thehighcountrybear - Feb 22, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    True enough…it’s not rocket science! But if you play the game and have been involved in high speed contact hockey, you have a distinct advantage over swivel chair keyboard heroes offering opinion manufactured from 19 angles presented in super slow motion and supplemented by every time-worn cliche ever manufactured…

  10. thehighcountrybear - Feb 22, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    And while there is responsibility for safe play borne by all players, the onus is on the puck carrier to keep his or her head up…that too is in the rules.

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