BLUES' SCORING LEADER MAKES THE DIFFERENCE IN WINTER CLASSIC WIN
St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko scored two third-period goals to break a 1-1 tie, lifting the Blues to a 4-1 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, their first appearance in an NHL regular-season outdoor game.
* The Blues' leading scorer in 2015-16 following a 40-goal season (40-34-74 in 80 GP) and to date in 2016-17 (18-23-41 in 38 GP), Tarasenko also has enjoyed success against the Blackhawks with 14 goals and 20 points in the past 19 games against his Central Division rival (regular-season and Stanley Cup Playoffs combined).
* Tarasenko, who snapped a selfie with fans after the game, is fourth in the NHL scoring race, two points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin (16-27-43 in 38 GP) and the Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid (14-29-43 in 38 GP) and one point behind the Penguins' Sidney Crosby (26-16-42 in 32 GP).
* Alexander Steen (1-1-2) got his 300th assist and 500th point in the NHL on the Blues' opening goal before scoring into an empty net late in the third period (201-300-501).
* One day after the Toronto Maple Leafs won the 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto, the Blues became the seventh home team to win a regular-season outdoor NHL game (21 GP: 7-12-2).
Video: Tarasenko pots two as Blues win Winter Classic, 4-1
WINTER CLASSIC QUICK HITS
* The sellout crowd of 46,556 at the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic raised total attendance for the League's 21 regular-season outdoor games to 1,140,999, an average of 54,333 per game.
* The Blues became the 23rd team to participate in a regular-season outdoor game, with all but two Blues players (defensemen Carl Gunnarsson and Jay Bouwmeester) making their debut in such contests.
* The Blackhawks appeared in their fifth NHL regular-season outdoor game (1-4-0), the most in the League. Four Blackhawks players, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Jonathan Toews, appeared in their fifth outdoor game, tying Brad Richards for the most among all players.
* Blackhawks defenseman Michal Kempny scored the first goal of the Winter Classic 62 seconds after the opening faceoff, marking the second-fastest goal to open an NHL regular-season outdoor game. The fasted was scored by Colby Armstrong of the Penguins against the Buffalo Sabres 21 seconds into the 2008 Winter Classic.
Home Team in Caps
ST. LOUIS 4, Chicago 1
NEW JERSEY 3, Boston 0
VANCOUVER 3, Colorado 2
"A CENTURY OF NHL GREATNESS" FLOAT FEATURED AT ROSE PARADE
The NHL commemorated the official launch of its year-long Centennial Celebration with a float at the 128th Rose Parade presented by Honda.
* The Centennial-themed float, "A Century of NHL Greatness," included 165,987 flowers depicting a 55-foot long hockey rink, the official logos of the 31 NHL teams and the official Centennial logo.
Vancouver Canucks forward Daniel Sedin got his 600th NHL assist on the game-winning goal, while brother Henrik Sedin (0-2-2) moved within four points of 1,000 in the NHL. … Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller made 24 saves in the victory and became the third United States-born goaltender to record 350 NHL wins. … New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider made 22 saves for his second shutout of the season. … A total of 34,126 fans visited The PreGame presented by Enterprise in St. Louis. … The 2017 NHL All-Star Fan Vote, which will determine the captains of the four divisional teams, regardless of position, closed at 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday. … The Montreal Canadiens signed goaltender Al Montoya to a two-year contract. … Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews, New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider and Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury were named the NHL "Three Stars" for the week ending Jan. 1. … Father-son duo and NHL legends Bobby and Brett Hull dropped the ceremonial pucks prior to the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.
SNEAK PEEK AT TUESDAY'S ACTION
All Times Eastern
New Jersey @ Carolina, 7 p.m., FS-SE, MSG+, NHL.TV
Buffalo @ NY Rangers, 7 p.m., NBCSN, MSG, NHL.TV
Toronto @ Washington, 7 p.m., TVA Sports, CSN-DC, TSN4, NHL.TV
Edmonton @ Columbus, 7 p.m., FS-O, SNW, NHL.TV
Winnipeg @ Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m., SUN, TSN3, NHL.TV
Montreal @ Nashville, 8 p.m., FS-TN, SNE, RDS, NHL.TV
Los Angeles @ San Jose, 10 p.m., NBCSN, NHL.TV
BLUE JACKETS EYE 16TH CONSECUTIVE VICTORY
The League-leading Blue Jackets (26-5-4, 56 points) aim to become the second NHL team to win 16 consecutive games within a single season and move one away from the NHL record of 17 straight held by the 1992-93 Penguins when they host the Oilers (19-12-7, 45 points) for each team's first game in 2017. On New Year's Eve, the Blue Jackets extended their franchise-record win (15) and point (16-0-1) streaks while also becoming the second NHL team to win every game in a calendar month (minimum 10 games), finishing December with a perfect 14-0-0 mark.
WEBER RETURNS TO NASHVILLE; SUBBAN WAITS TO FACE FORMER CLUB
Former Nashville Predators captain Shea Weber returns to Nashville for the first time since being traded to the Canadiens (22-9-6, 50 points) for defenseman P.K. Subban on June 29. Subban is on injured reserve because of an upper-body injury and will not play, but could face his former team when the Predators (16-14-6, 38 points) visit Bell Centre on March 2.