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Tarasenko, Allen Honored at NHL Awards

by Staff Writer / St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS - Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko was named a 2014-15 Second-Team All-Star following the NHL Awards in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

In addition, Blues goalie Jake Allen was nominated to the NHL’s All-Rookie team for the second time in his career.

Tarasenko, 23, had a breakout season in 2014-15, sharing 10th in the NHL overall with 73 points, fifth with 37 goals and seventh with a plus-27 rating. He became the youngest Blue to record a 30-goal season since Brendan Shanahan in 1991-92 and the first Blue overall to log at least 73 points since Pavol Demitra in 2002-03.

In addition, the 6-foot, 223-pound forward was one of two players to post a hat-trick in both the regular season and postseason, while he was the only player to record six game-winning goals, six shootout goals and two overtime goals. He also made his first career NHL All-Star Game appearance in January in Columbus.

This marks Tarasenko’s first career regular season All-Star selection. This year’s team also includes Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh), Jamie Benn (Dallas), Drew Doughty (Los Angeles), Shea Weber (Nashville Predators) and Devan Dubnyk (Minnesota) as a Second-Team All-Star.

Allen, 24, posted a 22-7-4 record with a 2.28 goals-against average, a .913 save-percentage and four shutouts in 37 appearances last season. He led all rookie goaltenders in wins and shutouts, becoming the second player in Blues history to lead the NHL in wins (Mike Liut - 1979-80).

Allen also tied a Blues rookie record for shutouts.

The Blues’ goaltender joins Filip Forsberg (Nashville), Johnny Gaudreau (Calgary), Mark Stone (Ottawa), Aaron Ekblad (Florida) and John Klingberg (Dallas) on the NHL’s All-Rookie Team.

Voting is conducted by the Professional Hockey Writers Association at the end of the regular season.

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