Vladimir Tarasenko (Getty Images)
Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko scored one of the prettiest goals you'll ever see Monday night in Manhattan. If you see a better one than this, it will be either in your dreams or a video game.
Congratulations to St. Louis right winger Vladimir Tarasenko, the new frontrunner to win goal of the year honors after his undressing of several New York Rangers, including goalie Cam Talbot, during the Blues' game against the New York Rangers Monday.
The 22-year-old Tarasenko, whose NHL stock has been rising sharply in the past year, grabbed the puck at center ice early in the second period and proceeded to whip past and/or through four different Rangers skaters before saving the best for last: a terrific little bit of stickhandling that ended with him on one side of Talbot's net and his stick (which was still in his right hand) and the puck on the other side before the latter crossed the goal line and evened the score at one goal apiece. If you draw breath, this play will take it:
If you see a better goal than that one this season, it either happened in your imagination or a video game. Tarasenko also went on to score the game-winning goal in the shootout as the Blues beat New York 4-3, their fifth win in a row that bumped their record to 7-3-1 on the year.