Eric Fehr scored two goals to lead the Washington Capitals over the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2011 Winter Classic at Heinz Field. It's not just a run of the mill win, though. All you have to do is look at the end of the game to know that this isn't just another game. Yes, it's obviously different than a normal game -- it's outside.
But the players don't just brush this thing off as some gimmick. They genuinely want to win this thing more than the typical game. Alex Ovechkin was jumping up and down like a giddy little school girl as the final horn went off, as were the rest of the Capitals.
Even knowing they were going to lose with just under two seconds left, the Penguins didn't just lie down and go home, either. Things got nasty in the latter stages of the game, with an attempted brawl breaking out before the final face off.
The story of the week in the run up to the game was the weather, and rain fell on the ice periodically throughout the game. The NHL has to be breathing a sigh of relief tonight, though, as the weather didn't really impact the game. The ice wasn't good, but it didn't cause any injury and the game didn't have to be called early. That's really all they can ask for, right?
Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby were both held without points. Each finished a minus-1, as well. For the folks who hate the hype surrounding those two, that's gotta feel good. It's a team game, right?
The announced attendance: 68,111.