Sean Kuraly (L) of the Boston Bruins scores a goal past Gustav Forsling and Cam Ward of the Chicago Blackhawks
Los Angeles (AFP) - Sean Kuraly scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and Tuukka Rask made 36 saves Tuesday as the Boston Bruins beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 in the NHL’s Winter Classic outdoor game.
Kuraly’s goal with 9:40 remaining gave Boston a 3-2 lead. He backhanded a shot from the slot after Matt Grzelcyk’s shot from the left point hit Chris Wagner and the puck fell right to Kuraly.
David Pastrnak and Patrice Bergeron each had a goal and an assist for the Bruins, and Brad Marchand added an empty-net goal with 33 seconds remaining to make the final score 4-2.
Brendan Perlini and Dominik Kahun scored and Cam Ward made 32 saves for the Blackhawks.
The game was played before a sellout crowd of 76,126 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana.
The festivities surrounding the New Year’s Day event included the teams entering to the fight song of Notre Dame’s “Fighting Irish” sports teams, and the NHL took the opportunity to announce the dates and locations for three outdoor games for the 2019-2020 campaign.
Next season’s outdoor action will begin on October 26 when the Calgary Flames meet the Winnipeg Jets in the 2019 Heritage Classic at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, Canada.
The Dallas Stars will play in their first regular-season outdoor game when they host the 2020 Winter Classic at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on New Year’s Day. Their opponent will be announced at a later date.
Dallas will to become the southernmost North American city to host the Winter Classic, a New Year’s Day tradition that began when the Buffalo Sabres hosted the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2008.
On February 15, 2020, the Colorado Avalanche will host an opponent to be named in a Stadium Series outdoor game at the US Air Force Academy’s Falcon Stadium in Colorado Sprints, Colorado.
The league also announced that the 2020 NHL All-Star Game will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, on January 26.