CHICAGO - JANUARY 01: The Chicago Blackhawks play in the first period against the Detroit Red Wings during the NHL Winter Classic at Wrigley Field on January 1, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

On This Date In Chicago Blackhawks History

On this date in Chicago Blackhawks History,

January 1, 2009 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, the Chicago Blackhawks faced the Detroit Red Wings in the Winter Classic which they ultimately lost 6-4. This had to be one of the most anticipated regular season hockey games that I can ever remember. I also believe that this game was just a big of a factor as the Stanley Cup championship was for the huge new following that the Blackhawks have enjoyed before the lockout.

In true fashion of the true tenants of the Stadium, the Blackawks ran out to a 3-1 lead after one period, but gave up 5 unanswered goals before Duncan Keith completed the scoring in the last minute end the game 6-4 to send the faithful home unsatisfied.

Having the game in Wrigley Field was the coolest thing and that the Hawks would go on to win the Stanley Cup 18 months later really made this group of players a special group in Blackhawks history.

A bad outcome but a great day in one of the best stadiums in the world happened four years ago today.  Too bad there wasn’t a game today in the Big House in Michigan today!

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