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Dallas Stars Keeping An Eye On Vladimir Tarasenko

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Vladimir Tarasenko saw the most ice time of any Blues forward in Game 1, and it was the second-most of any forward on the ice behind Dallas’ Jamie Benn.

“What did he play?,” Hitchcock asked during his session with reporters on Saturday afternoon.

Told it was 21 minutes, 4 seconds, Hitchcock replied: “Oh did he? Quite a bit, eh? Can we maybe shut that story up now?”

Late in the Blues’ first-round series with Chicago, when the Blues dropped two in a row, Tarasenko’s ice time, or lack of it, became a common talking point. But his minutes in Game 1 were the most he’s played in a regulation game in this year’s playoffs. Still, he was kept quiet by Dallas’ defense, limiting him to three shots on goal.

“Well, obviously he’s one guy that we got the radar on, that we know when he’s out there we want to make sure we don’t give him much ice,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. “I thought for the most part we didn’t make any mistakes that allowed any big rush plays when he was out there, and we closed fast on him inside the zone. We went after him physically and he’s a tough guy to knock off his feet, but I thought we played him as hard as we could when it came to the physical front.”

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Hootinani's avatar

Yes Hitch, you playing him 21 minutes in one game makes you playing him 15 minutes a game all season a non-story.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 05/01/16 at 11:11 AM ET

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