Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/19/13

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25: Vladimir Tarasenko, drafted 16th overall by the St. Louis Blues, poses for a portrait during the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at Staples Center on June 25, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS -- The lockout forced Vladimir Tarasenko to delay his NHL debut with the St. Louis Blues, but it turned out to be worth the wait. The 20-year-old Tarasenko, who had been playing in his native Russia during the lockout, scored the first two goals of his NHL career Saturday night -- on his first two shots -- to lead the Blues to a 6-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. Tarasenko scored 13 minutes into the first period and added a power-play goal just 29 seconds into the second period as the Blues pounded Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard. The Blues outshot the Red Wings 27-7 in the first two periods, including 17-2 in the opening period, in building a commanding 4-0 lead. For the game, the Blues outshot the Red Wings 35 to 14. Tarasenko, St. Louis' first-round pick in the 2010 draft, became the first Blues player to score on the first two shots of his career since Jaden Schwartz did it last year, although not in the same game. Chris Stewart added power-play goals in the first and third periods for the Blues while T.J. Oshie scored a shorthanded goal in helping make the night easy for St. Louis goalie Jaroslav Halak. After Stewart's second goal, 1:15 into the third period, the Red Wings pulled Howard and inserted backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson. Patrik Berglund added the final St. Louis goal, on another power play, with five minutes left in the game. Tarasenko failed in his bid to become the fifth player in NHL history to score a hat trick in his first career game. The last player to do it was Derek Stepan of the New York Rangers on Oct. 9, 2010. The return of hockey in St. Louis drew a standing-room only crowd of 20,035 fans to the Scottrade Center. NOTES: The Red Wings started a season without defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom for the first time since 1991. Lidstrom retired after last season. ... The Blues and Red Wings will play four times in the first 13 games of the season, between Saturday night and Feb. 13. ... Vladimir Tarasenko became the 14th Blues player to score a goal in his first game in the NHL. ... Also playing his first game in the NHL was Detroit's Damien Brunner, 26, who was an undrafted free agent who signed with the Red Wings in July after playing in Switzerland. He played on the same line with Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk.
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