Tarasenko finishes first hat trick with OT winner vs. Stars


Vladimir Tarasenko was the St. Louis Blues’ hero in a 4-3 overtime victory against the Dallas Stars.

The 22-year-old forward had his first career hat trick and recorded an assist. He first found the back of the net early in the opening frame courtesy of a powerful shot that Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen couldn’t handle. With Dallas up 3-2 in the third period, Tarasenko shone again. This time he accepted a long pass from Jori Lehtera and then outmaneuvered Ryan Garbutt before collecting the game-tying goal:

He completed his hat trick in style by launching a one-time shot to end the contest in overtime:

Lehtera also deserves a lot of credit tonight as he finished the game with a goal and two assists. The 26-year-old now has two goals and six points in seven games after excelling in the KHL over the previous four campaigns.