2019 NHL Winter Classic
|Date||January 1, 2019|
|Arena||Notre Dame Stadium|
|City||Notre Dame, Indiana|
The 2019 NHL Winter Classic (officially the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic) was an outdoor regular season National Hockey League (NHL) game, part of the Winter Classic series, that was played on January 1, 2019. The game featured the Chicago Blackhawks taking on the Boston Bruins at Notre Dame Stadium in Notre Dame, Indiana, home of the University of Notre Dame's Fighting Irish football team. This was the fourth Winter Classic for the Blackhawks (2009, 2015, 2017, sixth outdoor appearance overall and fifth in six years) and the third for the Bruins (2010, 2016). The game was the Bruins' first Winter Classic as the visiting team, and the first time the NHL hosted an outdoor game outside a team's immediate media market (Chicago, the host team, is in an adjacent media market to the South Bend market where Notre Dame is located).
The Boston Bruins won 4–2 with Tuukka Rask in goal, making 36 saves. The game was Rask's 469th for the Bruins, making him the most prolific goaltender in Bruins history. David Pastrňák, Patrice Bergeron, Sean Kuraly and Brad Marchand scored the goals for the Bruins. Brendan Perlini and Dominik Kahun scored the goals for the Blackhawks.
|1st||CHI||Brendan Perlini (5)||David Kampf (10), Dylan Sikura (3)||08:30||CHI 1–0|
|BOS||David Pastrnak (24) – pp||Patrice Bergeron (20)||12:38||1–1|
|2nd||CHI||Dominik Kahun (5)||Erik Gustafsson (12), Jonathan Toews (20)||11:24||CHI 2–1|
|BOS||Patrice Bergeron (13) – pp||David Pastrnak (26), Torey Krug (20)||18:48||2–2|
|3rd||BOS||Sean Kuraly (4)||Chris Wagner (3), Matt Grzelcyk (10)||10:20||BOS 3–2|
|BOS||Brad Marchand (13) – empty net goal||David Krejci (24)||19:27||BOS 4–2|
- Number in parenthesis represents the player's total in goals or assists to that point of the season
|Three star selections|
|1st||BOS||David Pastrnak||1 goal, 1 assist|
|2nd||CHI||Cam Ward||32 saves|
|3rd||BOS||Patrice Bergeron||1 goal, 1 assist|
Referees: Eric Furlatt, Francis Charron
Linesmen: Matt MacPherson, Bryan Pancich
A pre-game performance was conducted by the Jacks, Weezer performed a three-song concert during the first intermission including their hit cover of "Africa" by Toto, and Judah & the Lion performed a three-song concert during the second intermission.
During the team introductions, the South Bend Symphony Orchestra performed the Notre Dame Fight Song
The anthem was performed by the Blackhawks' anthem singer Jim Cornelison accompanied by the South Bend Symphony Orchestra
A ceremonial puck drop was done by Notre Dame legend Tim Brown
Prior to team introductions the Bruins' and Blackhawks' legends were introduced. For the Bruins, Cam Neely, Johnny Bucyk, and Ray Bourque. For the Blackhawks, Denis Savard, Tony Esposito, Jill Mikita, and Bobby Hull.
NBC broadcast the game as it has done since the event's inception. Like the previous two Winter Classics, Sportsnet simulcast the NBC feed in Canada, while TVA Sports used NBC's video to dub their French-language commentary.
The game was simulcast on NBC Sports Radio; it was the last program carried on the network before it converted to a part-time syndication service that day.
Viewership for the 2019 Winter Classic jumped 20% over the previous season, rising to a 1.94 overnight rating and 2.97 million overall viewers, recovering three years of viewership declines.Trump\
- "Blackhawks, Bruins to face off in 2019 Winter Classic". NHL.com. National Hockey League. November 18, 2017. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
- "2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic On NBC Delivers Best Viewership For Event In Four Years". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved January 3, 2019.