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Sport Vladimir Tarasenko injury update: St. Louis Blues GM confident forward will return for playoff run

22:30  09 december  2019
22:30  09 december  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

Bortuzzo suspended 4 games for cross-checking Arvidsson

  Bortuzzo suspended 4 games for cross-checking Arvidsson St. Louis Blues defenseman Robert Bortuzzo is suspended four games for repeatedly cross-checking Nashville Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson on Saturday, the NHL's Department of Player Safety announced. Bortuzzo was assessed a two-minute minor for the play, which occurred in the first period. Arvidsson exited the game with a lower-body injury and has since been ruled out of action for four-to-six weeks. Viktor Arvidsson injured after taking two nasty cross-checks from Robert Bortuzzo pic.twitter.com/v8jVySeoab— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) November 24, 2019This marks Bortuzzo's third suspension in the NHL.

St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong recently told ESPN's Emily Kaplan he is confident injured forward Vladimir Tarasenko will re-join the team for its playoff run in the spring.

Vladimir Tarasenko et al. in uniform© Provided by Sporting News

"He's diligent with his rehab," Armstrong told ESPN. "I know that he works very hard. We actually tried to slow him down a little bit. We told him to spend time with family, take vacations, because when we get into January and he can start going full barrel, we want him to."

Tarasenko, 27, underwent surgery on his left shoulder after he was injured in an Oct. 24 game against the Los Angeles Kings and was originally stated to be out for at least five months.

Sundqvist scores 2 before injury, Blues beat Lightning 4-3

  Sundqvist scores 2 before injury, Blues beat Lightning 4-3 TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Despite losing another important player, the first-place St. Louis Blues again found a way to win. Oskar Sundqvist had two goals before leaving with an injury, and the Blues beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 on Wednesday night. The defending Stanley Cup champions were already playing without injured stars Vladimir Tarasenko and Alexander Steen. "It goes back to, we're a team," St. Louis left wing Zach Sanford said. "Everyone onOskar Sundqvist had two goals before leaving with an injury, and the Blues beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 on Wednesday night. The defending Stanley Cup champions were already playing without injured stars Vladimir Tarasenko and Alexander Steen.

"Five months will be April 1," Armstrong said. "Season ends April 4, and we're hopeful he'll be on that timeline."

Kaplan noted that since St. Louis put Tarasenko on long-term injured reserve, the Blues have an extra $7.5 million in salary cap space to play with. But Armstrong did not speculate using that room to acquire a highly-paid scorer while they await Tarasenko's return.

"There's no player we're going to get that's as good as Vladdy," Armstrong said. "So I'd rather get Vladdy back than spend that money. But also, it's not an injury where you can come back exponentially earlier than the doctors say, because it's just a healing thing. It's not a strength thing. So I think we're looking into the first round anyways."

Ryan O'Reilly breaks tie, Blues beat Stars 3-1

  Ryan O'Reilly breaks tie, Blues beat Stars 3-1 DALLAS (AP) — Ryan O’Reilly broke a tie 18 seconds after Dallas pulled even and the St. Louis Blues beat the Stars 3-1 on Friday night to extend their lead in the Central Division. O’Reilly took a pass from Ivan Barbashev and beat goalie Ben Bishop from the slot with 2:53 left in the third period. Barbashev added an empty-netter with 3 seconds remaining. Jake Allen made 31 saves, stopping everything except Roope Hintz’s shot 9 seconds after he came out of the penalty box with 3:11 to play. St. Louis has a nine-game road points streak (7-0-2).Bishop had 37 saves.BOX SCORE: BLUES 3, STARS 1Colton Parayko opened the scoring for Dallas with 4:19 left in the first period.

The Russian winger had scored 10 points in 10 games at the time of his injury, creating questions about who would step up in his wake. Despite his loss, the Blues (42 points) sit at the top of the Western Conference as of Dec. 8 as the Blues ride effective team defense (83 goals allowed through Dec. 8 marks them ninth-best) to Stanley Cup contention again.

Tarasenko has a history with injuries to his left shoulder: Tarasenko said he dislocated that shoulder in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final last May and previously had surgery to repair a dislocation in the same shoulder following the 2017-18 season.

Sharks give up three third-period goals in loss to Blues .
Last season’s nemesis was a nemesis for the Sharks again Saturday night. Alex Pietrangelo scored a tie-breaking goal 11:07 of the third period and the Blues added two empty-netters en route to a 5-2 win over struggling San Jose at SAP Center on Saturday. “That composure you need for 60 minutes to beat a special team like the St. Louis Blues I thought we lacked a little of that in the third period,” Sharks interim coach Bob Boughner said. SanSt. Louis defenseman Alex Pietrangelo (27) celebrates with center Brayden Schenn (10) after scoring the go-ahead in the third period.

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