Vladimir Tarasenko (Mark Buckner/NHL)
Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko is a highlight reel goal machine – and on Sunday against the Blackhawks, the machine churned out another beautiful goal that's worth your while to check out.
Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko has provided fans with a slew of highlight reel goals this season and added another one to the collection Sunday with a gorgeous breakaway goal against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Tarasenko, who had 27 goals and 52 points for St. Louis entering Sunday's action, scored his 28th after teammate Jaden Schwartz sprung him on a breakaway with a brilliant pass:
In waiting out Hawks goalie Corey Crawford, the 23-year-old Tarasenko showed a calm and patience with the puck that belies his age. And it's reflected in his stats: he's already demolished his previous career highs of 21 goals and 43 points, and he's now alone in eighth in scoring and trails fellow Russian Alex Ovechkin and Rick Nash by only five goals for the lead in that category.
That's lofty company for a youngster who's played just 155 regular-season NHL games.