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Vladimir Tarasenko has big game in front of his biggest fan

Young cancer patient Arianna Dougan, who was on road trip earlier in season, sees two goals @NHLdotcom

St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko must have been showing off for his friend in the crowd.

Tarasenko scored two goals, including the game-winner, and made a diving shot block near the end of Game 2 to secure a victory, all in front of 11-year-old Arianna Dougan.

Tweet from @StLouisBlues: Special guest in the house tonight for Game 2! �� #WeAllBleedBlue

Dougan, a brave young girl battling cancer, befriended Tarasenko, who bid on and won a dan road trip at Blues Casino night and gave it to her for her birthday earlier this season.

She was in attendance for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoff series against the Nashville Predators on Friday, clad in her fuzzy multi-colored coat, the same one she wore to games on the March road trip.

Tweet from @StLouisBlues: Good luck charm �� #FightLikeArianna

And just like in the first game of that trip in Arizona, Tarasenko scored.

But it was his second goal and one heck of a defensive play on a Ryan Johanssen shot that helped the Blues draw even in the series.

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