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Video: Tarasenko’s hat trick lifts Blues over Kings

St Louis Blues v New Jersey Devils

NEWARK, NJ - NOVEMBER 04: Vladimir Tarasenko #91 of the St. Louis Blues skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on November 4, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. The Blues shutout the Devils 1-0. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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St. Louis Blues rising star Vladimir Tarasenko has one wicked wrist shot.

And it was on full display against the L.A. Kings on Tuesday. The 23-year-old Tarasenko recorded the hat trick and the Blues came back to defeat the defending Stanley Cup champions by a final score of 5-2, thanks to four goals in the third period.

The third goal was into an empty net. The other two were perfect wrist shots that beat Jonathan Quick. Tarasenko is now up to 20 goals in 31 games this season. That’s one off his career high of 21 from last season. He accomplished that feat in 64 games.

The subject of goaltending was a contentious issue for L.A. Kings head coach Darryl Sutter afterward.

“I think that we’ve got to get a save in there somewhere. It’s frustrating,” said Sutter, as per LA Kings Insider.

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