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Blues forward Tarasenko gets 40th goal

Scores against Capitals in first period to reach mark for first time

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Tarasenko's 40th goal

WSH@STL: Tarasenko buries feed in front for 40th goal

4/9/16: Vladimir Tarasenko receives a pass from Alex Pietrangelo and flicks his wrist shot into the net, notching his 40th goal of the season

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St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko reached 40 goals in an NHL season for the first time by scoring in the first period against the Washington Capitals on Saturday.

Tarasenko scored 1:15 into the first period; it was his fourth goal in the past three games.

The 24-year-old Russian is in his fourth NHL season. He scored 37 goals last season and has 106 in 259 games.

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