Winter Classic a huge success, but the Wings still stand in the way of the young Hawks.
The singing of the National Anthems before the 2009 Winter Classic at Chicago’s Wrigley Field should have been an indication that this was not just another hockey game. It was also very clear once play started that both teams had come to play for keeps, and this was in no way any type of exhibition game. There was a lot of action along with a little bit of chippy play in the first period as the Detroit Red Wings came back form a 3-0 deficit to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks by a score of 6-4 in the second annual Winter Classic.
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The Chicago Blackhawks did a fabulous job of hosting this year’s Winter Classic as they honored some of the great Blackhawk and Cubs players of years gone by. Stan Mikita, Bobby Hull, Ferguson Jenkins, Billy Williams, and Ryne Sandberg, but what game of any kind would be complete without a “rugged” rendition of ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”
The only thing that didn’t go the way of the Blackhawks was the score as the Detroit continue their mastery over the young Hawks team.
The Blackhawks are idle now until Sunday when they host the Calgary Flames at the United Center, continuing a busy month of January that they hope can repeat the success they enjoyed in December. Chicago won 10 of 12 games in December. The only losses were to the Red Wings in the first and last games of the month.
January has started the same way as they dropped the first of 14 January games. Chicago’s January action ends in San Jose on the 31 st where they will take on the Western Conference leading Sharks.
The Red Wings have the upper hand right now, but they know full well that the young Blackhawks team will be a force to be reckoned in the future, maybe much sooner than they would like.
PROSPECT UPDATE: Chicago’s first round draft choice in the 2008 NHL draft, Kyle Beach posted two goals and one assist in three games since Christmas for the Everett Silvertips in the WHL. To date Beach has nine goals, 21 assists and 97 penalty minutes.
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