ST. LOUIS - So much for Russian Vladimir Tarasenko needing time to adjust to the NHL game. Turns out the rest of the league better start adjusting to him.
The rookie sensation scored his fourth goal in four games to start the season to help the St. Louis Blues to a 3-0 win over the Nashville Predators at Scottrade Center Thursday night.
Tarasenko arrived as one of the most-hyped Blues forwards in several years but many cautioned that it would take time for him to adjust to the differences between the KHL in Russia and the NHL.
It hasn't happened yet.
Already a fan favorite, the 21-year-old Tarasenko added to his storybook start Thursday when he streaked down the left side following a line change, took a pass from Alex Steen and slid it past Predators goalie Pekka Rinne midway through the third period.
Four goals in four games. Not a bad start to his NHL career.
"That's a good way to start your pro career without a doubt," said Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, Tarasenko's r...