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Tarasenko breaks in with 2 goals as Blues manhandle Red Wings 6-0 in opener

Saturday, 01.19.2013 / 11:05 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Tarasenko breaks in with 2 goals as Blues manhandle Red Wings 6-0 in opener

ST. LOUIS - Rookie Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice in his NHL debut and Chris Stewart also had a pair of goals to help the St. Louis Blues manhandle the Detroit Red Wings 6-0 in their season opener Saturday night.

Coach Ken Hitchcock, general manager Doug Armstrong and goalies Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott posed at centre ice with post-season trophies earned from last season's Central Division championship team shortly before the opening faceoff. A standing room crowd of 20,035 roared throughout the opener.

There was a moment of silence in tribute to Hall of Fame baseball player Stan Musial before the third period.

The 21-year-old Tarasenko, a first-round draft pick in 2010, got the scoring started with some nifty puck handling on a breakaway at 6:36 of the first period. He made it 3-0 in the second period with a power-play goal, becoming the 14th player in franchise history to get a pair of goals in his first game.

Halak had to stop just 14 shots by the anemic Red Wings for the shutout. Halak and Brian Elliott combined for a league-leading 15 shutouts last season, sharing the Jennings Trophy.

Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard was pulled after Stewart's power-play goal at 1:15 of the third.

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