NHL Outdoor Classics Feature Top IHLC Winners

Many of the top players in the game took their talents outside this past weekend, with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings highlighting the inaugural Centennial Classic on 01 January, followed a day later with the St. Louis Blues hosting the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2017 Winter Classic.

The Leafs and Red Wings met at BMO Field in Toronto to kick off the NHL’s 100th season in style, with a relatively slow game through 40 minutes exploding into a flurry of action in the third period, with 7ย goals scored in the frame to put the game at a 4-4 tie, ending withย a last-second tying goal from Detroit’s Anthony Mantha. However, Leafs phenom (and surely future IHLC-holder) Auston Matthews answered with his own second goal in overtime, givingย the Leafs the 5-4 victory in front of aย raucous crowd of 40,000-plus.

The Leafs boasted five players who have held the IHLC in their careers, a number surely to grow due to the abundance of young talent joining the team this year, led by the trio of Matthews, Mitch Marner and William Nylander. The Red Wings only featured three IHLC holders, also a sign that younger talent like Mantha and Dylan Larkin will soon helm their squads, both in Detroit and internationally.

๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Niklas Kronwall
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Tomรกลก Tatar
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Henrik Zetterberg
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Frederik Andersen
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Nazem Kadri
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Leo Komarov
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Morgan Rielly
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Nikita Zaitsev

As for the Winter Classic, held at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, a crowd of over 46,000 took in yet another game that broke open in the third period, with a 1-1 stalemate being busted by dynamo forward Vladimir Tarasenko, who whipped in two goals in just 1:53 to set the crowd alight, with a late Alexander Steen empty netter sealing the 4-1 victory for the Blues, becoming just the third home team in nine iterationsย to win a Winter Classic on home ice.

These squads, more established than the youth-focused Maple Leafs and Red Wings, boasted 17 combined IHLC holders,ย including all goal scorers in the game (Kempnรฝ, Berglund, Tarasenko and Steen), along with team captainsย Jonathan Toews and Alex Pietrangelo and star players Patrick Kane, Duncan Keithย and Jay Bouwmeester.

๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Artyom Anisimov
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Corey Crawford
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Patrick Kane
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Duncan Keith
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Michal Kempnรฝ
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Artemi Panarin
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Dennis Rasmussen
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Brent Seabrook
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย Jonathan Toews
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Patrik Berglund
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Jay Bouwmeester
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Carl Gunnarsson
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Jori Lehterรค
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Alex Pietrangelo
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Paul Stastny
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Alexander Steen
๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Vladimir Tarasenko

Photo Credit:ย Toronto Maple Leafsย โ€“ย Yahoo Sportsย โ€“ IIHF โ€“ HHOF โ€“ IOC



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