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Tarasenko won't make weekend road trip for Blues with upper-body injury

Forward will not travel for games against Bruins, Red Wings

by Louie Korac / Independent Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- Vladimir Tarasenko will not travel with the St. Louis Blues for road games against the Boston Bruins on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV) and the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday because of an upper-body injury.

Tarasenko left a 5-2 win against the Los Angeles Kings at Enterprise Center on Thursday with 6:01 remaining in the first period and the game tied 0-0 after skating in on a partial breakaway off a pass from defenseman Justin Faulk. He was tied up on the play with Kings defenseman Sean Walker.

Tarasenko, whose 10 points (three goals, seven assists) are second on the Blues behind Brayden Schenn's 11, sat on the bench briefly before heading to the locker room. He did not return, and the Blues said Friday that the forward will be re-evaluated after the team returns to St. Louis.

"We've got a good team, good players," coach Craig Berube said after the win. "Somebody will step in."

The early departure ended Tarasenko's five-game point streak (three goals, five assists).

"He's an important leader for us," goalie Jordan Binnington said after the game. "It's tough to see him go down, but I think the group did a great job of responding and really picking each other up and just staying composed at the same time. That's good to see."

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