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|17 марта 2013 года.|
Blues say Tarasenko has learned hard lesson // St. Louis Post - Dispatch
Now that Vladimir Tarasenko is back in the Blues lineup, the teams goal is to keep him healthy. But that will require an increasing awareness on the ice for the Russian rookie who is playing on the smaller North American ice surface for the first time in his career.
Even before Colorados Mark Olver laid a heavy hit on Tarasenko on Feb. 20, knocking him out for 10 games with a concussion, the Blues were worried about the right winger putting himself in a vulnerable position. No one believes Tarasenko deserved the results of Olvers hit, which was not penalized, but avoiding those potential situations is a process.
Its part of getting accustomed to the game over here, compared to back home (in Europe), said Blues forward Alexander Steen, who spent time in Sweden and Winnipeg growing up. I played a little bit over here, tournaments, stuff like that. For Vladi, I dont know if hes ever played on the smaller rink.
I think hes made the adjustment well, but things like this happen. Its a contact sport. Sometimes you just end up in a situation like that and end up missing some time.
Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said before Saturdays game that Olvers hit was an unfavorable lesson for Tarasenko.
He gets it, Hitchcock said. Its unfortunate that he got hunted, but he knows the only time you rest is on the bench. I dont think we expected him to get hit on that angle I dont think he expected to get hit but it happened. When you play young players, you just wish there was something that would allow them to not get hurt before they learn their lessons.
Despite Tarasenkos new knowledge, another teammate said that he still may go through a tentative period.
Its probably a little bit of a different situation than when I came back, said teammate David Perron, who missed 97 games because of post-concussion symptoms. Hes going to be probably cautious at first out there, but I think thats the nature of the injury and thats just normal. Hes got so much hockey sense and skill, hell be just fine.
oshie on ir
T.J. Oshie practiced Saturday for the first time since aggravating his rib injury Tuesday, but later in the day the Blues announced the right winger had been placed on injured reserve.
Hes a little bit better, obviously being able to skate, but hes nowhere near ready to play yet, Hitchcock said.
Oshie hasnt suffered a setback. The Blues didnt put him on the seven-day IR after the injury because they were hopeful he could play Tuesday in Vancouver. But with Tarasenko returning, the team needed the roster spot. With Oshie still sore, the Blues took the path of putting him on IR and not having to send a player back to Peoria. But it does mean that Oshie is now ineligible to play until the Blues travel to Edmonton next Saturday.
In other injury news, Andy McDonald (knee) missed his 10th consecutive game against Anaheim. He continues to practice with the club.