Blues Winter Classic Win

Jan 05, 2017, 00:47
Blues Winter Classic Win

A sellout crowd of 40,128 fans - over twice the capacity of Scottrade Center - packed Busch Stadium for the exhibition game.

"Bigger stage, bigger crowd, everything was just bigger", Fabbri said.

ST. LOUIS - Monday's Winter Classic between the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues started on time, but the potential for inclement weather led the National Hockey League to set up contingency plans.

Yes, this one was closer, the Blackhawks and Blues deadlocked at 1-1 heading into the third period. Vladimir Tarasenko's two goals in the third period broke a 1-1 tie and fueled the Blues to the outdoor game win. And the Blues became just the third home team in the nine Winter Classics to be victorious. "And it was probably the most, best feeling when you win the game". "Boys played good. "Jakey" was great in the net".

But the Blues, once down a goal early, turned up their game and turned it into their favor. "It was hard and (the puck) was bouncing all over the place". I thought we managed the game really well.

"I asked the players to vote on it, and if they would have voted no, I wouldn't have worn it".

"This is the same way we played against Philadelphia, and the way we played for the first half of the game against Nashville". Artemi Panarin has eight points (four goals, four assists) in his last eight regular season games against the Blues. "There's not much you can do on those". I'm a baseball fan and I've been to baseball games here and it's an awesome atmosphere. Our group played really well.

"It was a good thing for us to snap out of it", Shattenkirk said.

That was evident on Berglund's tying goal in the second, at 7:45, when Steen threw a pass into the path of Jay Bouwmeester, who took it into the left corner below the goal line and fed Berglund in the slot. The Hawks have now lost five of six, and are 1-4-0 all-time in outdoor games. "Everyone stayed on the same page". "Leave it to Vladi to be the hero here and we expect nothing less from him". Less than two minutes later, Tarasenko sniped his 18th goal of the season to give the Blues a two-goal cushion.

"Once in a lifetime and there is no way to rank it", Tarasenko said.

Eight points now separate the first-place Blackhawks (23-11-5) from the third-place Blues (19-13-5) in the Central Division standings, but the rivalry between these two clubs is always fierce.

"He's a hungry offensive player", Hitchcock said. "He's a guy that he sniffs out weaknesses or he sniffs out coverage issues and he jumps on it". If all goes according to plan, it could open next year. "Most importantly, it was just a critical game". He was very competitive, he won a lot of board battles, he came up with a lot of loose pucks down low. Jaden Schwartz and Nail Yakupov both missed practice on Sunday due to illness, but Schwartz is expected to suit up for the game. "Usually out of penalty killing".

Things began getting chippy in the second, right up until a Robby Fabbri boarding penalty. So it always comes out of special teams.

"Once the puck's dropped it's 85 by 200, and it's a glassed-in hockey rink", said Hitchcock, who was sporting a sharp, navy blue Stetson Fedora from the Levine Hat Company located in downtown St. Louis. "I think once the rain stopped in the second period and everything froze over, it actually wasn't too bad".

The Crawford save might have loomed large were it not for an outstanding glove save by Blues netminder Jake Allen during a Chicago power play.

"Our passing game and I think our support". We knew that the elements was going to be what it was. "We were very instinctive".

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