Vladimir Tarasenko's transition to the NHL certainly did not seem overly difficult.
The Russian rookie winger scored goals on his first NHL shots Saturday, helping push the St. Louis Blues to a 6-0 victory over Detroit before a rollicking standing-room-only crowd of 20,035 at the season opener.
"It was like dreaming," said Tarasenko, a 21-year old from Russia. "Like dreaming now."
An intense night at Scottrade Center featured two breakaway goals, including a short-handed one from T.J. Oshie, and the Blues were 4-for-5 on the power play.
The Blues kicked off their 2013 season in style with the first season-opening shutout in franchise history as Jaroslav Halak stopped 14 shots.
Blues winger Chris Stewart, one of the focal points this season after slumping from 28 to 15 goals a year ago, scored twice against the Red Wings.
Tarasenko takes Scottrade Center by storm with two goals in NHL debut
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