Winter Classic 2017: Live Score, Updates, Analysis for Blackhawks vs. Blues

January 2nd, 2017 by Carol Schram Leave a reply »
The St. Louis Blues delighted their sellout crowd of 46,556 at Busch Stadium with a 4-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in Monday's 2017 NHL Winter Classic.

Weather concerns for the outdoor game, the first-ever in St. Louis, proved to be overblown. Fog and light rain hampered the early proceedings, but the ice conditions were excellent and set the stage for a well-played game between two long-time rivals.

The Blackhawks opened the scoring just 1:02 into the first period when Michal Kempny's point shot beat Blues netminder Jake Allen. St. Louis tied the game at the 7:45 mark of the second period on Patrik Berglund's sixth of the season, then Vladimir Tarasenko blew the game open in the late stages of the third with his 17th and 18th goals of the season.

Alexander Steen added an empty-netter with Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford on the bench for the extra late-game attacker.

The win starts off 2017 on the right foot for the Blues, who currently sit third in the Central Division. Without injured forwards Marian Hossa and Marcus Kruger, the Blackhawks are mired in a slump with just one win in their last six games.

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