Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 2/21/13

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)

Many NHL players have been able to skate to the bench and laugh about their “welcome to the NHL” moment, but Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko wasn’t laughing when he received his. On Wednesday night, Tarasenko was upended by Colorado’s Mark Olver during the third period of the Avalanche-Blues game. The hit was clean (some argue a tad late), but it sent the 21-year-old Russian to a scary place: La-La Land. The former first-rounder stayed down after the hit and cameras caught blood coming from his mouth and his eyes rolling into the back of his head. After a few moment of attention from the trainer, he skated off the ice on his own power. Check out the hit below.

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