Vladimir Tarasenko didn’t see as much ice time over the course of his first four Olympic hockey games as he probably would’ve preferred, but after today’s 4-0 Team Russia victory over Norway, he’s finally made his mark on the score sheet and now his team will go on to face Finland tomorrow in the Quarterfinals.
Vladi had his best game of the tournament today against Norway despite playing only 10 minutes, notching his first point on an assist late in the 3rd period, giving him 1-Assist for 1-Point on 3 shots and a +1 rating while averaging just under 11 minutes of ice-time per game. The shot he had today versus Norway’s Lars Haugen was an exciting one, coming on a breakaway, but the young winger wasn’t able to dazzle the Norwegian netminder.
With Russia’s win, St. Louis has seen all but one of its Olympians move on to the Quarterfinal round. Jaroslav Halak and Team Slovakia will battle later this morning with the Czech Republic for a chance to move on and face Team USA tomorrow. Jaro’s poor showing in Slovakia’s first two games may have him watching from the bench or even the press-box but only time will tell. The game airs today at 11AM Central US time.
GO BLUES! LONG LIVE THE NOTE!