Winter Classic 2017: Score and Twitter Reaction for Blackhawks vs. Blues

January 2nd, 2017 by Joe Pantorno Leave a reply »

Two third-period goals from Vladimir Tarasenko lifted the St. Louis Blues to a 4-1 win over the rival Chicago Blackhawks in the 2017 NHL Winter Classic from Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals.  

Tarasenko's heroics broke a 1-1 deadlock, headlined a three-goal final period and added an outdoor chapter to one of the fiercest rivalries in NHL history.

Not only did the players have to contend with a different setting and more than 46,000 fans, but they had to deal with inclement weather that included rain throughout the day. It provided a new dimension to the ice, which was quickly put on display when the puck dropped. 

Just 1:02 into the game, a shot from the point by Blackhawks defenseman Michal Kempny bounced about 10 feet in front of Blues goalie Jake Allen, took an odd hop and found a way past the netminder to give Chicago an early lead. Here's the highlight, via NHL on NBC:

It was one of the fastest goals in Winter Classic history, via NHL Public Relations:

The rain was also having an effect on the fans who were watching at home as they tried to ...

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