What started out as a bit of a novelty event to stir greater interest in hockey and the NHL. Now people are clamoring to play in the annual January 1st game and this year lives up to its billing.
The Boston Bruins and the Philadelphia Flyers put on a classic game for the ages that required overtime to determine a winner.
The Philadephia Flyers held the host Bruins scoreless until 2:18 left in the third period. But finally the Bruins broke through and forced overtime.
Boston's Fenway Park was the host site for this years "Winter Classic" and like so many Red Sox games this game looked like it was going to be a classic shutout, much like the former Red Sox pitching great Roger Clemens used to do to opposition.
Still 40,000 fans were treated to an afternoon of great hockey. The Bruins took 26 shots on goal to the Flyers 25.