Blues leave Wild out in the cold at 2022 Winter Classic

Blues leave Wild out in the cold at 2022 Winter Classic
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Jordan Kyrou ended up being as hot as the weather was cold at the 2022 Winter Classic. Kyrou and the Blues melted the Wild in the second period, then held on to win the 2022 Winter Classic 6-4.

Did you hear it was cold at the 2022 Winter Classic?

As expected, the 2022 Winter Classic provided teeth-chattering, beard-freezing cold temperatures. It set a new record for the coldest outdoor game in NHL history, boasting temperatures of -6 degrees Fahrenheit, -21 degrees Celsius. Previously, the record went to the 2003 Heritage Classic in Edmonton (zero degrees Fahrenheit, -16 degrees Celsius).

We’re talking the sort of weather that would freeze your ‘stache.

Naturally, weather like this draws the occasional attention-seeker. (See: pot-bellied football fans going shirtless when the tundra is frozen.)

The Blues played that role, heading into the 2022 Winter Classic as if they were getting ready for some time at the beach.

After a nice win, maybe they’ll turn that into a superstition?

2022 Discover NHL Winter Classic - St Louis Blues v Minnesota Wild
Love seeing a players breath in the cold air in the NFL? The 2022 Winter Classic nailed that look. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)

A chance for Jordan Kyrou to be less of a hidden gem for the Blues

Despite a modest time on ice average of just 14:25 per game last season, Jordan Kyrou cemented his place as a Blues regular in 2020-21. Increasingly, it will be tougher to keep him from getting even more regular minutes.

And, after the 2022 Winter Classic, it will make it harder for Kyrou to slip under as many radars.

With two goals and two assists, Jordan Kyrou set a Winter Classic and NHL outdoor game points record — and collected all four points as part of the Blues’ five-goal tear during the second period.

After that outburst, Kyrou now has 32 points in 29 games this season. The 23-year-old isn’t far from last season’s career-high of 35 points, and that came in 55 contests. Perhaps crustier members of Blues management would cite this Evolving Hockey RAPM chart and argue that Kyrou must improve all-around to receive even beefier ice time …

… But games like these will make him tough to deny.

Kaprizov shines for Wild in defeat

Not far behind Jordan Kyrou, Kirill Kaprizov looked like a star — as usual — for the Wild.

Kaprizov collected three points (1G, 2A), giving the Wild a chance to rally against the Blues. It wasn’t quite enough, but those chilly conditions didn’t keep him from erupting frequently at the 2022 Winter Classic.

As you can see, it’s not just about finesse with Kaprizov, either.

Blues gain Central Division lead; Wild struggles continue at 2022 Winter Classic

Things are tight atop the Central Division, especially when you realize that the Avalanche are hovering with some games in hand. So, while the Blues lead the Central after beating the Wild in the 2022 Winter Classic, they can’t take their lead for granted (also lurking: the Predators).

With a 7-1-2 record in their last 10 games, the Blues are heating up. Their +25 goal differential tells some of that story.

At the 2022 Winter Classic, we saw examples of a deep array of Blues weapons. David Perron looked dangerous with Ryan O'Reilly. Vladimir Tarasenko‘s rejuvenation continues.

Meanwhile, the Wild might be hoping for a revival. Although there’s a lot to like overall, the Blues handed the Wild their fifth consecutive loss at the 2022 Winter Classic.

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.

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    Bruins set NHL record with 12 straight home wins to start season

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    The Bruins broke the mark of 11 that was set by the 1963-64 Chicago Blackhawks and equaled by the Florida Panthers last season.

    “That felt awesome,” Bruins first-year coach Jim Montgomery said. “We talked about it after the second (period) going into the third. There’s been a lot of great teams in this league and you’re able to set a precedent, break a record. It’s pretty special and it doesn’t happen if those guys don’t believe in themselves like they do.”

    Boston, which trailed 2-0 late in the second period, tied it with 9:33 left in regulation when David Krejci scored his second of the game on a shot from the right point.

    “It’s never fun being down going into the third, you’re sitting in here (in the locker room) trying to figure it out,” Krejci said. “You want to come out and do the job, something special on the line. It’s hard to win in this league. To get 12 in a row at home is pretty special.”

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    “It was a big win for us, obviously, coming from behind,” Pastrnak said.

    Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Stefan Noesen each scored a power-play goal for Carolina, and Pyotr Kochetkov made 38 saves. The Hurricanes lost their fifth straight.

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    “We took too many penalties. That’s hurting us right now,” Kotaniemi said. “I think 5-on-5 we’re doing a really good job. We started good tonight and couldn’t keep that up.”

    Boston’s tying goal was originally disallowed because of goaltender interference on Nick Foligno but overturned on a coach’s challenge after it was ruled that he was nudged into the crease by Carolina defenseman Brett Pesce.

    Boston starting goaltender Linus Ullmark made 28 saves but had to leave with 13:03 left in the third period with an undisclosed upper-body injury. Teammate Connor Clifton had jumped on him to block a shot during a scramble. Jeremy Swayman made six stops in relief.

    Carolina’s Noesen scored at 6:34 in to make it 1-0. And with five minutes left in the period, Kotkaniemi collected the puck near the side of the net after Seth Jarvis‘ shot bounced off the back glass and slipped it inside the post at 15:05.

    Krejci scored for Boston with 31 seconds left in the second.

    Boston came in with a league-high 82 goals in 20 games (4.10 per game), but it was held to relatively few chances despite getting a 5-on-3 power-play advantage early on.


    The Bruins honored captain Patrice Bergeron, who recorded his 1,000th career point when the team was on the road against Tampa Bay, with a message on the Jumbotron. The crowd gave him a standing ovation.

    Bergeron became just the fourth Bruin to reach the mark, joining Hall of Famers Ray Bourque (1,506), Johnny Bucyk (1,339) and Phil Esposito (1,012).


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    NASHVILLE, Tenn. —  The Nashville Predators postponed two home games because of a water main break that soaked their downtown arena.

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    The NHL said the water main break that occurred “significantly impacted the event level” of Bridgestone Arena. Team locker rooms and the ice surface are on the event level.

    Predators President and CEO Sean Henry told reporters that the water in the event level ranged from 3 inches to 3 feet.

    “We’re assessing it right now. We’re remediating it,” Henry said. “The good thing is, the water got shut off, the city responded in a pretty fast manner. I don’t think anyone is ready for things like this the Friday after Thanksgiving.”

    Video posted by a WTVF-TV reporter shows the water puddled up on the main floor’s concourse area and the team store. The team was forced to close the store until further notice, pointing shoppers online for Black Friday specials.

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    The 35-year-old is signed through only the rest of this season at a $1.75 million salary cap hit. He has no points and 12 penalty minutes in 12 games of his second season with New York.

    Reaves has played in 869 NHL regular-season and playoff games for the St. Louis Blues, Pittsburgh Penguins, Vegas Golden Knights and Rangers. He was with the Golden Knights during their inaugural season in 2017-18 when the reached the Stanley Cup Final.

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    Rielly has no goals and 16 assists in 20 games this season and is averaging 23 minutes of ice time.

    Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said following practice that the 28-year-old Rielly doesn’t need surgery, adding there’s no firm timeline for his return beyond the minimum 24 days and 10 games required for going on long-term injured reserve.

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