Thursday Jan. 1, 2009
CHICAGO (AP) -- More than 40,000 spectators crowded into chilly Wrigley Field to watch the NHL's Winter Classic. And a majority of the sellout crowd in the major league's second-oldest ballpark went away disappointed after the Red Wings handed the hometown Blackhawks a 6-4 setback.
Pavel Datsyuk skated through two defenders for a go-ahead score in a three-goal second period, and the Red Wings scored twice in a 17-second span of the third to rally past the Blackhawks.
Martin Havlat had a goal and two assists to help the Blackhawks go up 3-1 after one period. But the Red Wings showed why they are the defending Stanley Cup champions, rallying to beat Chicago for the fourth straight time this season and second time in less than 48 hours. The Red Wings now hold and eight-point lead over second-place Chicago in the Central Division race.
It was a bearable 32 degrees and overcast at the opening faceoff, but an 18-mph wind made if feel like a single digit temperature.
One fan held a sign that read "Holy Cow. It's Cold," using the long-time catch phrase of the late Cubs broadcaster Harry Caray. It was the 701st meeting between the two members of the league's Original Six and the first to be contested outdoors.
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