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St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko named NHL rookie of the month

Tuesday, 02.05.2013 / 2:55 AM / News

The Canadian Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - St. Louis Blues right-winger Vladimir Tarasenko was named NHL rookie of the month on Monday.

He led all rookies in scoring with nine points (five goals, four assists) over seven games in January.

Tampa Bay Lightning centre Cory Conacher (3-6-9 in six games), Edmonton Oilers centre Nail Yakupov (4-1-5 in seven games), Oilers defenceman Justin Schultz (2-3-5 in seven games) and Montreal Canadiens centre Alex Galchenyuk (1-4-5 in six games) were also considered.

The 21-year-old Tarasenko scored on his first two NHL shots in a 6-0 victory over Detroit on Jan. 19. He recorded three points (1-2) in a 4-3 shootout win over Nashville two days later.

Tarasenko, who was selected by the Blues with the 16th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, closed the month with a four-game point streak.

Once again, it shows character in this dressing room. Once again, there's no quitting in here. We all wanted this so bad and we worked so hard to get home-ice advantage and we weren't going to let this one slide.

— Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog on his team's OT Game 1 win vs. Minnesota Wild