Blues forward Tarasenko will have surgery on left shoulder

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Blues forward Tarasenko will have surgery on left shoulder
FILE - In this April 4, 2018, file photo, St. Louis Blues' Vladimir Tarasenko, of Russia, is congratulated by teammates Jaden Schwartz (17) and Alex Pietrangelo (27) after scoring during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks, in St. Louis. After a season-ending loss put an end to their season without a playoff appearance, the St. Louis Blues and coach Mike Yeo are left looking to the future. It’s an offseason that includes the next 4-6 months without standout winger Vladimir Tarasenko, who will have surgery this week for a separated left shoulder. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Blues star forward Vladimir Tarasenko has a dislocated left shoulder and will undergo surgery on Wednesday.

Tarasenko was hurt in the first period of the regular-season finale on Saturday in Colorado. The Blues needed a point in the game to reach the playoffs, but lost 5-2.

Tarasenko revealed he had a dislocated shoulder while standing with his left arm in a sling Tuesday as teammates cleared out their lockers. The recovery after surgery can take up to six months.

“We’ll see how it goes,” Tarasenko said. “It was a hard year all the way around.”

The 26-year-old led the team with 33 goals and 66 points. It was his lowest point total in four seasons.

The Blues won 44 games this season and finished with 94 points.