Comrade of Opening Weekend-Vladimir Tarasenko

(photo courtesy of Chris Lee/St.Louis Post Dispatch)

With all eyes on the class of 2012 for the opening fixtures of the shortened 2013 season, it was one player from the class 2010 that stole the show. Making his NHL debut for the St.Louis Blues two years after being selected 16th overall, 21-year-old Vladimir Tarasenko scored not one, but two goals, in his first game in a Blues uniform.

The Novosibirsk native wasted little time in opening his NHL account with the first goal of the game just six minutes in. Ian Cole found the winger up the ice and played a pass off the board allowing Tarasenko to go in all alone and deke past Jimmy Howard. It took him just 29 seconds into the second frame to get his second when he dangled around Dan Cleary and roofed the puck over the blocker of Howard. Tarasenko became the 14th player in franchise history to score 2 goals on his debut. St. Louis would go on to blank the Red Wings 6-0 on the night they raised their central division champion banner.

Despite their teams both picking up victories, 1st and 16th overall picks Nail Yakupov and Mikhail Grigorenko did little to steal the spotlight away from Tarasenko as both finished -2 and -1 on the score sheet, respectively.

Below are both his goals and a short interview courtesy of the NHL and

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