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.