Rookie nets 2 in NHL debut to lift Blues

Associated Press  |  Last updated January 20, 2013
Rookie Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice in his NHL debut and Chris Stewart also had a pair of goals Saturday night to help the St. Louis Blues manhandle the Detroit Red Wings in a 6-0 rout. Blues coach Ken Hitchcock, general manager Doug Armstrong and goalies Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott posed at center ice with postseason trophies earned from last season's Central Division championship team shortly before the opening faceoff. A standing room crowd of 20,035 roared throughout the opener. There was a moment of silence in tribute to St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer Stan Musial before the third period. The 21-year-old Tarasenko, a first-round draft pick in 2010, got the scoring started with some nifty puck handling on a breakaway at 6:36 of the first period. He made it 3-0 in the second period with a power-play goal, becoming the 14th player in franchise history to get a pair of goals in his first game. Halak had to stop just 14 shots by the anemic Red Wings for the shutout. Halak and Elliott combined for a league-leading 15 shutouts last season, sharing the Jennings Trophy. Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard was pulled after Stewart's power-play goal at 1:15 of the third.
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