Watch Vladimir Tarasenko score on his first shot with New York Rangers

Vladimir Tarasenko already had the Madison Square Garden crowd buzzing when they introduced him as part of the starting lineup.

Well, it didn’t take long for him to bring them to a frenzy as he scored on his very first shot on a goal as a member of the New York Rangers.

Vladimir Tarasenko scores on his first shot

Vladimir Tarasenko
Feb 10, 2023; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers right wing Vladimir Tarasenko (91) celebrates his goal against the Seattle Kraken during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

At the 2:49 mark of the first period against the Seattle Kraken, Artemi Panarin intercepted an errand pass to break into the offensive zone. The Rangers leading-point getter drew the defender to him with a shoulder fake and fed Tarasenko streaking to the net for the tally.

It was just his second shift.

“He’s a world class player,” Mika Zibanejad said during the MSG Intermission. “He can obviously score and make plays. Big strong body and can hold on to pucks. Unbelievable player.”

No one should be shocked at the instant chemistry between the two Russians stars who have been friends for a long time.

“We met before World Juniors in 2011 and stayed in touch since then,” Tarasenko said before the game. “We talked at the All-Star Game a lot. He’s a very good guy. We’re on the same line and we’ll try to make it work.”

On Thursday, the Blueshirts dealt Sammy Blais, prospect Hunter Skinner, a conditional first-round pick, and conditional fourth-round pick to the St. Louis Blues for Tarsenko and defenseman Niko Mikkola.

Tarasenko, 31, now has 30 points and counting as he plays in his 39th game this season and his first with the Rangers.

The Blueshirts are up 3-0 after the first period.

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