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What better way to follow up the NHL’s inaugural Winter Classic than by pitting two “Original Six” teams against one another on iconic Wrigley Field a year later? That’s exactly what happened on January 1, 2009, when the Detroit Red Wings took on the Chicago Blackhawks in the first-ever NHL game played in a baseball stadium. With puck drop scheduled for 1:00 p.m. under the mid-day sun in Chicago, Ty Conklin took his place between the pipes for his third career outdoor game, following up his appearance with the Oilers in 2003 and the Penguins in 2008. The Blackhawks wasted little time getting their fans into the spirit of things, taking a quick 3-1 lead by the end of the first period. The tables were turned in the middle frame, with Detroit potting three unanswered goals to give the visitors the lead heading into the third period. Not to be outdone, the Blackhawks mounted a late comeback in front of their 40,818 raucous fans, finishing the tilt with a 6-4 win.   

FINAL 1 2 3 T
DETROIT 1 3 2 6
CHICAGO 3 0 1 4

Scorers: DET:   M. Samuelsson, J. Hudler (2), P. Datsyuk, B. Rafalski, B. Lebda.
CHI:   K. Versteeg, M. Havlat, B. Eager, D. Keith

DET: T. Conklin (W). CHI: N. Khabibulin , C. Huet

Site: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 40 818
Temperature: 0oC

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