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.
Posted on 24 December 2008 by Lou
January 1, 2009 – Wrigley Field, Chicago – Chicago Blackhawks hosting the Detroit Red Wings – are you ready for some outdoor NHL hockey action, Wrigleyville-style?
The 2nd annual Winter Classic is fast-approaching. The game is already sold out, with the attendance expected to be right around 41,000 crazed (and cold) NHL hockey fans. The Blackhawks and Red Wings are 2 of the Original Six hockey teams and the Winter Classic game will be the 701st match-up between the 2 teams. No other NHL teams have played more games against each other. The Red Wings have won both meetings between the clubs this year – both shootout victories and the teams have combined for a total of 20 goals in the 2 games. We should expect another high-scoring, exciting game between the 2 teams, but with the ice being different outside and with the unpredictable weather-element, that could all change quickly.
In the January 1, 2008 Winter Classic, the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 in a shootout. Penguins’ rookie super star Sidney Crosby scored the game-winning goal. 71,217 crazy fans sat in a snow storm to take in the inaugural Winter Classic at Buffalo’s Ralph Wilson Stadium.
The City of Chicago is gearing up for the Winter Classic. Wrigleyville area bars and restaurants, usually known for their pre- and post-game Cubs celebrations during the hot summer will be able to show off their winter beer selections and food menus. The January 1, 2009 Winter Classic is sure to be a memorable at the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field!