Tarasenko Scores Twice, Blues Get Three Power Play Goals, top Blackhawks 5-2 in Season Opener

Vladimir Tarasenko had two goals and an assist, and the St. Louis Blues beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2 on Wednesday in an opening-night matchup of Central Division rivals on Wednesday night in the Windy City. The Blues fell behind 1-0 in the first period, but scored three consecutive power play goals to grab the lead for good.

Kevin Shattenkirk and Paul Stastny each had a power-play goal and two assists for the Blues, who eliminated the Blackhawks in seven games in the first round of the playoffs in April. Two late empty net goals completed the Blues the 5-2 win. Jake Allen had 17 saves in his first game since he became St. Louis' clear No. 1 goaltender with Brian Elliott's June trade to Calgary.

Fox 2 Sports reporter Charlie Marlow was in the Blues locker room in Chicago for post game interviews.

The Blues home opener is Thursday night when the Minnesota Wild come calling.