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Red Wings Defeat Blackhawks 6-4 in Winter Classic @ Wrigley Field

Posted on 04 January 2009 by Lou

The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 6-4 in the NHL’s 2nd annual Winter Classic played at Wrigley Field on January 1st. The Blackhawks took a 3-1 lead in the 1st period on goals from Kris Versteeg, Martin Havlat and Ben Eager. The Blackhawks were poised to avenge 3 consecutive losses to the Red Wings in 2008-9, the most recent of which occurred just 2 days earlier in Detroit (a 4-0 shutout for the Red Wings).

The promising start didn’t last for long, as the Red Wings exploded for 5 unanswered goals in a 22-minute stretch spanning the 2nd and 3rd periods. The Red Wings took a commanding 6-3 lead that they would not relinquish. Duncan Keith’s power play goal with 10 seconds left in the game was too little too late.

After winning 9 straight games, the Blackhawks dropped their last 2 games – both to the Red Wings. The Blackhawks fell 8 points behind the Central Division leading Red Wings, but stayed in 4th place in the Western Conference standings with 47 points – just 1 point ahead of the Vancouver Canucks. The Red Wings improved their record to 25-7-5 and have 55 points – good for 3rd best in the NHL.

The Blackhawks resume play against the Calgary Flames on Sunday, January 4th at the United Center. Let’s hope the disappointing play the last 2 games against the Red Wings doesn’t continue into the weekend.

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Winter Classic comes to Wrigley

Posted on 23 December 2008 by David McCormick

Setup is almost complete for the Winter Classic at Wrigley Field on Jan 1. The Blackhawks will play the Red Wings in what could be a cold and snowy game. We found some pictures of the setup from the Tribune check them out below.

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