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Blues insert Tarasenko into Game 4 lineup

May 6, 2013, 6:26 PM EDT

Vladimir Tarasenko AP

Something the St. Louis Blues have been lacking in the playoffs are goals. For Game 4 they’re going to be adding a player who can bring them just that.

Coach Ken Hitchcock is replacing Adam Cracknell with Russian phenom Vladimir Tarasenko. As Hitchcock tells Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, he thinks he deserves the shot to show he’s past the concussion that slowed down his season.

“Until the (concussion), he was a good player. He came back a little tentative from the injury,” Hitchcock said. “I think when you have a player who contributes like he does and is strong on the puck, determined as he is, and as big as he is, he is an asset that we can use.”

With four goals in three games and a 2-1 series lead, things could get dicey for the Blues if they can’t pot more goals. Tarasenko can do just that. He had eight goals in 38 games this season but only two of those after missing 10 games from his concussion. On the upside, both goals came against the Kings.

  1. rocoop - May 6, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Well, I guess we know who Kyle Clifford will target tonight….

  2. scaarepittschamberofcommerce - May 6, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    I’d for one love to Reaver break Clifford’s face again!

    • rocoop - May 6, 2013 at 8:15 PM

      For starters..Please use spell check…….

      Remember this……..If not, I can post the fight in St Louis….Same result

      • bluessince1991 - May 6, 2013 at 9:30 PM

        I realize hockey didn’t exist for many in LA until last year but please see the Reaves/Clifford fight dated March 17, 2011 on that the other guy was referencing.

  3. thehighcountrybear - May 6, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    Kings insert extra ambulance on west Staples Center entrance ramp…

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