Dallas Stars: Playoff Like Atmosphere at the Winter Classic

The Nashville Predators and the Dallas Stars do not like each other very much. They decided to take their game outdoors on New Year’s Day at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas in the 13th annual NHL Winter Classic.

It was a playoff-like atmosphere throughout the entire game. Thus making it chippy and the fans got into it. Approximately 85,630 people showed up to this game and the fans did not disappoint in this one. It was the second-largest crowd for a hockey game in NHL History. This was also the first time ever that these two teams were playing outdoors.

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With Dallas trailing 2-1 entering the third period, they scored three goals including Alexander Radulov‘s one-timer goal on the power play 5:06 into the third period as the Stars took down Nashville by a score of 4-2.

Radulov’s goal was assisted by John Klingberg and Jamie Benn.

Andrej Sekera scored 1:29 later in the third period for the Stars. Radek Faska and Mattias Janmark assisted on Sekera’s goal.

The beginning of the game is where everything got chippy. In the first 2:44 of the game, Corey Perry was given a five-minute major penalty and game misconduct for elbowing Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis.

Trainers and medical staff had to help Ellis off the ice and he did not return to the game. Ryan Ellis has an upper-body injury and it will be interesting to see how long he will be out for.

Corey Perry will receive a hearing on Friday from the NHL Player Safety.

Because of this, Nashville scored two goals on the power play.  Just 5:46 into the first period, Matt Duchene scored a power-play goal on a 5-on-3 man advantage.

There happened to be a second penalty and it was a Blake Comeau Delay of Game penalty.

Duchene’s goal gad assists by  Peter Forsberg and Roman Josi.

Just around 1:50 later on the power play, Dante Fabbro scored. Duchene and Josi assisted on the goal.

However, Dallas did not get on the board in this game until Blake Comeau scored with 1:08 remaining in the second period. His goal was assisted by Jason Dickinson and Esa Lindell.

After that Mattias Janmark tied the game at two for the Dallas Stars just 58 seconds into the third period. His goal was assisted by John Klingberg and Roope Hintz.

The rest was history after that.

Pekka Rinne made 31 saves in this game for the Nashville Predators.

Ben Bishop made 31 saves in this game for the Dallas Stars.

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Dallas is in the third spot in the Central Division at the moment. The Colorado Avalanche (23-14-4 record with 50 points so far this season) currently sits in second in the division. The St. Louis Blues (26-9-6 with 58 points so far this season) currently sit in first in the division.

As for Nashville, they are now in a tie for last in the Central Division with the Chicago Blackhawks (18-17-6 record with 42 points so far this season).

The Predators are only one point behind the Minnesota Wild (19-17-5 record with 43 points so far this season). The Winnipeg Jets (22-15-3 record with 47 points so far this season) currently sit in fourth place in the Central Division.

In fact, Nashville and Dallas will play each other two more times this season and it could get ugly in both games.

The Predators’ next game will be on the road on Saturday night against the Los Angeles Kings (17-21-4 record so far this season with 38 points.)

The Stars’ next game will be at home on Friday night against the Detroit Red Wings (10-28-3 record with 23 points).

Next year’s NHL Winter Classic will be in Minnesota at Target Field. The host team will be the Minnesota Wild.

Did you get a chance to watch the Winter Classic? What did you think of the performance of the Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators? Leave a comment below.

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