Last weekend we were treated to NBC airing a (slightly edited) re-broadcast of Game Seven of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final. That game is arguably the most important moment in franchise history - but if you want to understand how the Blues got there, you need a good reminder of Vladimir Tarasenko’s talent. If you want to understand the resurgence of enthusiasm in St. Louis, you need to see the kind of show the city can put on.
This weekend, NHL Network will be adding a couple recent classics into their slate of game re-broadcasts. Tomorrow is Rookie Debuts day, and their first game of the slate at 3:00 is Vladimir Tarasenko’s debut against the Detroit Red Wings on January 19, 2013. Tarasenko had a dominant performance against Detroit that night, and I’m sure I’m not the only person who watched that game with a sense that great things were to come.
On Sunday, they’re airing the Best Outdoor Games as voted on by fans, and the 2017 Winter Classic at Busch Stadium is up first at 11:00. You might remember the fog, you might remember Tarasenko’s two goals, you might just remember steamrolling the Blackhawks. It was a hell of a good time no matter what you remember.
The full NHL Network Schedule for the two days is as follows - After you’re done with Tarasenko’s first game, come back for Alexander Ovechkin’s, which was incredibly almost 15 years ago.
Rookie Debuts on NHL Network, Saturday, May 2:
3:00 p.m. – Detroit Red Wings at St. Louis Blues, January 19, 2013 – Vladimir Tarasenko debut
5:00 p.m. – Toronto Maple Leafs at Montreal Canadiens, April 6, 2019 – Ryan Poehling debut
7:00 p.m. – Columbus Blue Jackets at Washington Capitals, October 5, 2005 – Alex Ovechkin debut
Best Outdoor Games on NHL Network, Sunday, May 3:
11:00 a.m. – Chicago Blackhawks at St. Louis Blues, January 2, 2017 – Winter Classic at Busch Stadium
1:00 p.m. – Chicago Blackhawks at Washington Capitals, January 1, 2015 – Winter Classic at Nationals Park
3:00 p.m. – Pittsburgh Penguins at Philadelphia Flyers, February 23, 2019 – Stadium Series at Lincoln Financial Field
5:00 p.m. – Detroit Red Wings at Toronto Maple Leafs, January 1, 2017 – Centennial Classic at BMO Field
*All Times CST