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Vladimir Tarasenko Leading The Charge For The St. Louis Blues

from Lou Korac at NHL.com,

A change in Vladimir Tarasenko's mindset has translated into a change of fortune for the St. Louis Blues.

Known for his offensive abilities since joining the NHL for the 2012-13 season, Tarasenko has played more of a 200-foot game during the past three months.

It's helped the Blues to an nine-game winning streak, their longest since winning nine straight in 2002-03. They can set the record when they visit the Minnesota Wild on Sunday in a nationally televised game as part of NBC's Hockey Day in America coverage (3 p.m. ET; NBC, SN).

The Blues were last in the NHL on Jan. 2 with 34 points in 37 games. They are 30-22-5 and in third place in the Central Division with 65 points, five ahead of the Wild, who hold the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference and have played one more game.

"The atmosphere is unreal," Tarasenko said. "I'm proud to be here right now. We enjoy our time together. I say this all the time, but it's true right now."

It has been a stunning turnaround in St. Louis, one epitomized by Tarasenko's success.

"He's got confidence in that stick, whatever stick he's got, he's made the most of it," said Blues goalie Jake Allen, a teammate of Tarasenko's since 2012. "He's scoring at key times, which is even more impressive. He's really doing his job and he's got confidence in his stick. When he does that, he's tough to stop."

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