NHL Plays Fifth Annual Winter Classic

January 02, 2012 | Marty Mossa

Before a capacity crowd at Citizen Bank Park in Philadelphia, the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers took to the ice today. The fifth annual NHL Winter Classic had the Rangers erasing a two goal deficit and win three to two.

The weather was a concern for organizers. The scheduled 1 pm EST game was moved to 3pm to allow the ice to better freeze. Unlike last year’s rain fest in Pittsburgh; the ice appeared to hold up. For the most part it was a good hard skating game.

Of the five classics, the road team has won four of them. In 2008 the visiting Penguins beat the Sabers in Buffalo during a snow storm in a shoot out. In 2009 the Red Wings beat the Blackhawks at Wrigley Field. The Capitals beat the Penguins at Heinz field last year 3-1. The only home team to win a winter classic was the Boston Bruins winning in overtime against the Flyers at Fenway Park.

The event has turned into a tradition for hockey fans like me. I can’t wait until they announce where it will be next year.