Vladimir Tarasenko hasn’t been a go-to player for Russia in the 2014 Winter Olympics so far. On a roster that includes Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, Ilya Kovalchuk, Pavel Datsyuk and Alexander Radulov, St. Louis Blues fans have to forgive the Russians for not rolling the youngster out frequently.
The 22-year-old has made things happen in every game for Russia so far though, making the most out of limited ice time. He finally found the back of the net today as the home team downed Norway by a 4-0 final.
Check out his snipe.
The Norwegian netminder quite literally never saw it coming. It’s tough to blame him since the pass was on the magic-puck side of things. What seems to be a blind pass into the slot ends up on Tarasenko’s stick, and he makes no mistake with it.
That’s his first goal of the tournament and marked a torrid final minute of play for the Russians, who finally seemed to wake up after sleepwalking against Norway through 59 minutes of play. Most of the big stars on the team were caught trying to do way too much—whether it was making one too many pass, getting cute coming across the blue line or not taking shots that were there.
This is something that the team will need to shake before their matchup with Finland in the next round. Those kinds of plays will work against Norway. They won’t against Finland.
(h/t to Pete Blackburn for the GIF)
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