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the Winter Classic the greatest thing to happen to hockey in a long time




The NHL finally got something right when they attempted the Heritage Classic the year before the lockout in Edmonton I believe, other than the fact that it was something like -2 degrees out it worked out well. Then two years after the lockout they attempted the first Winter Classic in Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo. This game went to a shoot-out, with the Pittsburgh Penguins winning, and became one of the greatest games played in recent history as snow started to fall during the late stages of the third period, overtime and the shoot-out. The second Winter Classic was played in Chicago's Wrigley field this game wasn't as close as the score was 6-4 with the Red Wingsbeating the Black Hawks, but had a very strong TV ratings even while fighting for viewers against college bowl games. This years edition didn't disappoint with the Big Bad Boston Bruinsgoing up against the "Broad Street Bullies" known as the Philadelphia Flyers. A great game that went into overtime with the Bruins becoming the first "home" team to win the event. All of this shows that the NHL can get something right, and that one thing outdoor hockey.

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