Kyrou, Blues hold off Wild in Winter Classic


MINNEAPOLIS — Jordan Kyrou set an NHL outdoor game record with four points, and the St. Louis Blues won the coldest game in NHL history by defeating the Minnesota Wild 6-4 in the 2022 Discover NHL Winter Classic at Target Field on Saturday.

The official temperature at the start of the game minus 5.7. The previous coldest game on record was the 2003 Heritage Classic between the Edmonton Oilers and Montreal Canadiens at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton on Nov. 22, 2003 (zero degrees).

Kyrou had two goals and two assists in the second period, and Jordan Binnington made 29 saves for the Blues (19-9-5), who are 7-1-1 in their past nine games and improved to 2-0-0 in Winter Classic games (defeated Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 in 2017).

Kirill Kaprizov had a goal and two assists for the Wild (19-10-2), who have lost five in a row (0-4-1) and were playing their first game since Dec. 20.

Cam Talbot made 22 saves before leaving at the end of the second period because of a lower-body injury. He was replaced by Kaapo Kahkonen, who made four saves.

David Perron gave St. Louis a 1-0 lead at 14:29 of the first period, but Kaprizov responded 25 seconds later to tie it 1-1.

Kyrou put the Blues back in front 2-1 when his centering pass deflected in off the stick of Ryan Hartman 25 seconds into the second period.

Kyrou then set up Vladimir Tarasenko for a one-timer to make it 3-1 at 8:55.

Ivan Barbashev scored a power-play goal off a rebound of Kyrou’s shot to push the lead to 4-1 at 14:46.

Kyrou beat Talbot glove side from the left circle off a give-and-go with Robert Thomas at 17:58 to make it 5-1.

Rem Pitlick got the Wild to within 5-2 at 18:38, but Torey Krug scored at 19:19 to make it 6-2.

St. Louis’ five goals in the second period were the most in one period by a team in an outdoor game in NHL history.

Hartman cut it to 6-3 at 8:40 of the third period, and Kevin Fiala scored with Kahkonen pulled for the extra skater at 14:22 for the 6-4 final.

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