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Wild Fall Short To Blues 6-4, In Winter Classic

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA – JANUARY 01: Kirill Kaprizov #97 of the Minnesota Wild protects the puck and fends off Colton Parayko #55 of the St. Louis Blues during the first period of the 2022 NHL Winter Classic between the St. Louis Blues and the Minnesota Wild at Target Field on January 01, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images)

The 2022 NHL Winter Classic did not disappoint. And with it came many records, including the -10° weather, plus the -15° windchill. Making it the coldest game in NHL history. The 6-4 score also made it the highest scoring outdoor game in league history.

Summary

David Perron opened the scoring for the Blues deep into the first period, on a wrist shot from Ryan O’Reilly and Marco Scandella. Not soon after, Kirill Kaprizov responded with a lucky bounce off a Blues’ defenseman, to tie things up at 1. Jordan Kyrou would then score a goal to start his huge night, tallying 2 goals and 2 assists. Vladimir Tarasenko, Ivan Barbashev, and Kyrou again, would score 3 more goals to put St. Louis up by 4. The Wild would then get another lucky bounce off of Jordan Binnington, to cut the Blues’ lead back to 3. Torey Krug would then add one more in the final of minute of the second period, making it 6-2, St. Louis at intermission.

Minnesota would pull Cam Talbot for the 3rd period, cutting his bad night short. The Wild were a complete different team in the third. Outshooting the Blues 18-4, and putting up 2 more goals to keep up the fight. Dean Evanson had a quite interesting strategy of pulling the goalie with just around 7 minutes left in the game. Which surprisingly worked as Minnesota completely dominated, and was in control for the remainder of the game.

What’s Next

St. Louis

The Blues will travel to the steel city and face off with the Pittsburgh Penguins, which will be nationally televised on Wednesday Night Hockey. They now sit atop the Central Division with a one point lead over the Predators, and three point lead over the Wild. They also sit second in the West, just a point behind Vegas for first.

Minnesota

3 of the Wild’s next 5 games have been postponed, meaning the next game will be in Boston on Thursday. The Wild will look to bounce back from this loss, and seek their first win of 2022.

But despite the tough loss at home to start the New Year. The Wild just showed a glimpse of what they can do, with still plenty of success on the horizon in 2022. But more importantly it came with great honor not just for the Wild, but for the State of Minnesota, to host the 2022 Winter Classic.

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