St. Louis' Vladimir Tarasenko gets crushed by Mark Olver

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The St. Louis Blues couldn't generate any offense in their 1-0 overtime loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night. But that may not have been the worst development of the night.

They also received a bit of a scare when their stud rookie, Vladimir Tarasenko, was rocked on this hit by Colorado's Mark Olver.

There was no penalty on the play.

The look on Tarasenko's face on that initial shot after the hit is pretty disturbing.

He left the ice under his own power but there will be some anxious days ahead for the Blues and their fans as they wait to see if any complications arise as a result of the hit.

Tarasenko, the Blues' first-round pick from 2010, is one of the leading contenders for the Rookie of the Year award and has 12 points (six goals, six assists) in his first 17 games. He's second to only Tampa Bay's Cory Conacher in the rookie scoring race.

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Adam Gretz has been writing about the NHL and taking an analytical approach to the game since the start of the 2008 season. A member of the PHWA since 2015, he has spent more than three years covering... Full Bio

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