Plenty of offensive stalwarts have worn the Note since then — including Pierre Turgeon, Keith Tkachuk and Pavol Demitra — but fans have thirsted for a true sniper, a feared predator.
Maybe, just maybe, Vladimir Tarasenko can become that player. He looked the part Tuesday night while scoring his first career hat trick as the Blues scrambled to a 4-3 overtime victory at Dallas.
This game played out as promised. The Stars’ super line of Tyler Seguin, Jason Spezza and Jamie Benn threw the puck around like they the vintage Edmonton Oilers.
Dallas played a loose game. So did the Blues, for long stretches anyway. And that atmosphere was conducive for Tarasenko and his old KHL cohort Jori Lehtera to put on a show of their own.
Neither coach was thrilled, but the product entertained.
“There’s good players on the ice, they’re going to get some chances – but let’s make them earn their chances,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff told reporters after the game. “Let’s not hand them their chances. Let’s not hand them the 2-on-1’s when we have the lead. St. Louis has good players and they will get their chances, but let’s make sure that the quality of them is on the lower side.”