Hockey takes over Busch Stadium as the Winter Classic comes to St. Louis
ST. LOUIS - Professional hockey has called the "Gateway to the West" home for 50 years. On Monday St. Louis Blues fans got to experience the thrill of an outdoor game for the first time ever.
The anticipation for the 2017 Winter Classic between the Blues and the Chicago Blackhawks was almost immeasurable. Since the games announcement in March, the city of St. Louis has been teeming with excitement.
That excitement showed itself early, as fans packed the home of the Cardinals for the Winter Classic Alumni Game on Saturday.
Blues and Blackhawks legends of the past treated the crowd to an entertaining clash, with the Blues Alumni emerging with an 8-7 win.
The thrills of the weekend carried over to the actual game on Monday, despite the looming question of a possible postponement due to a possible wet forecast.
Although the rain tried its best to dampen the mood, once Bobby and Brett Hull dropped the ceremonial first pucks, the rivalry took its biggest stage yet.
Chicago would put some of their Winter Classic experience to use right off the bat. Defenseman Michal Kempny put the Blackhawks on the scoreboard just over a minute into the game.
The Blues would not stay silent for long. Veteran defenseman Jay Bouwmeester was able to use a few nifty moves to get behind the Chicago net, and then sent a perfect pass to Patrik Berglund who buried the equalizing goal.
The game would remain tied all the way into the third until St. Louis star Vladimir Tarasenko decided to take over. Tarasenko scored two goals less than two minutes apart ant put the game out of reach.
Alexander Steen added an empty-netter for good measure to finish off the Blackhawks and give the Blues a 4-1 win in their Winter Classic debut.
46,556 is the announced attendance at Busch Stadium. A sea of blue. #WinterClassic— Corey Miller (@4cmill) January 2, 2017