Winter Classic Alumni Game 2012: Flyers Win Bragging Rights, 3-1

After a two-hour delay, the most-hyped Alumni outing in Winter Classic history is underway.

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Winter Classic Alumni Game Final Score: Flyers Greats Claim 3-1 Win Over Rangers' Best

The 2011 Winter Classic Alumni Game included a handful of goals and a fair bit of good play, and went to the Philadelphia Flyers' alumni, 3-1.

The Flyers scored twice in the first period, on goals from John LeClair and Shjon Podein, and though the Rangers pulled one back in the second period via Glenn Anderson's stick, Mark Howe added a penalty shot goal in the third period to produce the game's final margin.

Versus' crew named Bernie Parent, Eric Lindros, and Mark LaForest its three stars of the game. Parent, the legendary 66-year-old Flyers goalie, played for just five minutes, but did not allow a goal, and sprawled to make one memorable save. Lindros assisted on LeClair's goal, and LaForest made a number of saves in relief of Parent.

For more on this year's Winter Classic, head over to SB Nation's Rangers blog Blueshirt Banter and Flyers blog Broad Street Hockey. For everything Winter Classic in the build-up to the game, head over to our NHL Winter Classic StoryStream.

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Winter Classic Alumni Game: Photos From Flyers Vs. Rangers At Citizens Bank Park

Citizens Bank Park is dressed in orange as Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers legends celebrate the game of hockey by laughing at each other, falling over and, occasionally, putting on huge bursts of speed and blowing past defensemen who haven't played pro hockey in 30 years.

It's a beautiful thing. As is the ballpark, which has been transformed into an orange mob that looks a whole lot like hockey heaven. More than 45,000 people turned out for the event, which will now almost certainly be an annual tradition that's just as big as the Winter Classic itself. Fans were decked out in all kinds of old jerseys, with the most popular coming with a big No. 88 on the back.

We walked around the park during the second period of the game and took in the scene. Now, we'll share it with you as best we can.

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Winter Classic Alumni Game Score: Rangers Score In Second, But Flyers Still Lead

The Winter Classic Alumni Game is through two periods and darkness is slowly creeping in, but the legends from the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers are still playing as hard as ever on Saturday afternoon. The Rangers scored once in the second period, but the hosting Flyers are still on top 2-1 through two stanzas of play.

Rangers right wing veteran Glenn Anderson was able to score an assist from Darius Kasparaitis to tally the Rangers first goal of the game. It initially looked as though Kasparaitis was planning to pass to Brian Leetch, but Anderson deflected the puck into the net to put New York on the scoreboard.

The Flyers took the lead in the first period when John LeClair and Shjon Podein each getting the puck past the opposing team and into the net.

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Winter Classic Alumni Game: Flyers On Top Thanks To 'Legion Of Doom' Line

The 2011 Winter Classic Alumni game got off to a slow start, but things have quickly changed around as the Philadelphia Flyers scored two goals in just a few minutes to put the home team on top of the former New York Rangers legends. The famed Legion of Doom line put the first goal in before Shjon Podein scored just a couple of minutes later.

The first goal came when Eric Lindros assisted on a goal for John LeClair as they reconnected from their run with the famed Legion of Doom line back in the mid-90s. The third skater on that line, Mikael Renberg, isn't in attendance, but Lindros and LeClair represented him well.

Just a short while later, Shjon Podein corralled a rebound and put the puck in the net to give the Flyers a 2-0 advantage. No word on if the Rangers plan to change goalies anytime soon.

For more on this year's Winter Classic, head over to SB Nation's Rangers blog Blueshirt Banter and Flyers blog Broad Street Hockey. For everything Winter Classic in the build-up to the game, head over to our NHL Winter Classic StoryStream.

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Winter Classic Alumni Game: Bernie Parent Pitches 5 Minute Shutout, Makes Curtain Call

PHILADELPHIA -- The 2012 NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game is here, and just about everything about it is a little bizarre. It's about 50 degrees at 3 p.m. in Philadelphia, and while the ice was covered until warmups.

It feels like Opening Day for the Phillies... minus the whole ice rink on the field and orange, not red, in the stands thing. The teams aren't decked out in the jerseys that'll be worn in the Winter Classic come Monday afternoon. Instead, they're wearing the everyday jerseys for their team.

The game is certainly slower than the average NHL game, as you'd expect. Guys like Jeremy Roenick and Mark Recchi are on the ice and still in or close to NHL shape, but the rosters are mainly filled out by men who haven't played competitive hockey in a very long time.

Like Bernie Parent, for example. The legendary Flyers goaltender only played about five minutes in the first period, but after being serenaded with Bernie! Bernie! chants during introductions, he made three saves in those five minutes to pitch a shutout. One stop on a Ron Duguay breakaway looked a whole lot less than smooth, but it's Bernie Parent making a save on a breakaway. In the year 2011. On an ice rink built on a baseball diamond.

When Parent left the ice, the orange-clad crowd shouted more chants, and he stepped off the bench for a curtain call. It's probably the last time Parent will play hockey in an orange Flyers sweater, but it was five minutes that Flyers fans wil never forget.

For complete coverage of Saturday's Winter Classic Alumni Game, stay tuned to our StoryStream for updates. For coverage of Monday's Winter Classic, check in with that StoryStream.

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Winter Classic Alumni Game: 4 Reasons 2012 Edition Is Better Than Ever

Eric Lindros' return to Philadelphia and deep seated hatred between the Flyers and Rangers are just some of the reasons why the 2012 Winter Classic Alumni Game is the biggest version we've seen yet.

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Winter Classic Alumni Game Start Time Could Be Pushed Back Thanks To Sun Issues

PHILADELPHIA -- While the weather at Citizens Bank Park is beautiful on Friday afternoon, and it's expected to be the same over the next few days, there's one weather problem that's wreaking havoc on the ice that's down on the field.

The sun.

As a result of direct sunlight, events are being pushed back at the ballpark Friday, and there's a chance the sun could impact Alumni Game festivities on Saturday, too.

It's just a dose of bad luck that from about 11 a.m. to about 2 p.m, the sun comes in direct contact with the ice rink that's positioned across the center of the baseball diamond. As the sun moves from the East to the West, it swings parallel to the ice, making direct contact for several hours.

Here's an image of the field at just around 11:20 a.m. Friday. You'll notice the blankets over the logos to protect them from the sunlight. There are some shadows on the rink, but there's also plenty of sunlight, and it only gets worse as the middle of the day progresses.

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That's awful for the quality of the ice, as you can imagine. It can be a freezing cold day, but a direct hit from the sun will still warm the ice considerably. Couple that with the fact that temperatures are expected to be in the high 40s to mid-50s without much cloud cover over the next few days, and the NHL has a serious problem on their hands.

As a result of the sun contact, a media game originally scheduled for 12 p.m. Friday has been pushed back to 3 p.m., and a media skate scheduled for 1 p.m. was pushed back to 2 p.m. The sun will, hopefully, be mostly off the ice by then, eliminating the problems.

An NHL spokesman said that there are preliminary discussions ongoing about the possibility to moving the Alumni Game from a 1 p.m. start time on Saturday. After all, with the weather forecast virtually the same for Saturday as it is Friday, those same issues with the sun will still exist. But there's nothing official on that. If there's a change, we'd expect an announcement from the NHL on Friday evening.

For more on this year's Winter Classic, head over to SB Nation's Rangers blog Blueshirt Banterand Flyers blog Broad Street Hockey. For everything Winter Classic in the build-up to the game, head over to our NHL Winter Classic StoryStream.

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