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Winter Classic 2012: Henrik Lundqvist Stars For Rangers In 3-2 Win Over Flyers

The Flyers scored the game's first two goals, but Mike Rupp scored twice as the Rangers rallied to a 3-2 win in the 2012 Winter Classic in Philadelphia. Henrik Lundqvist made 33 saves for New York, including on a last-minute penalty shot.

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Winter Classic 2013: Detroit Red Wings Frontrunners To Host Game; Michigan Stadium Contacted

The 2012 NHL Winter Classic is only a few days old, but the speculation for where the 2013 game will be held has already started. The NHL just might already have it's destination in mind for the 2013 NHL Winter Classic. The current speculation is that the game will be held in Michigan at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor or at Comerica Park. Given the location, the signs point to the Detroit Red Wings as the hosting team for the game.

The NHL is in the early workings of setting up the game, but they have approached the University of Michigan about hosting the game. "We have been approached by the NHL about utilizing our facility for the 2013 Winter Classic," Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon said in a statement. "There are a lot of complex circumstances that need to be ironed out before anything moves forward. We will have more to say if/when something materializes."

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Winter Classic 2012: Top 5 Moments From Hockey's Weekend Celebration

Henrik Lundqvist, Mike Rupp and the New York Rangers won the 2012 Winter Classic, but it was more than just a hockey game on Monday afternoon that highlighted a jam-packed weekend at Citizens Bank Park.

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Jaromir Jagr Injury: Leg Swelling Forced Flyers Forward Out Of Winter Classic

It was a little strange, seeing the clearly injured Jaromir Jagr sitting on the bench throughout Monday's Winter Classic. But there he was, just riding the pine all day instead of hopping the boards and playing the game with his Philadelphia Flyers teammates.

He played just 7:09 in total, and he didn't take a single shift after about the five minute mark of the second period. What ailed the 39-year-old future Hall of Famer, exactly?

"Last game in Pittsburgh, I got speared in my leg and it was a little bit swelling," Jagr said after the Flyers 3-2 loss in at Citizens Bank Park. Late in the first period, it was getting worse and worse. I wanted to come back. I tried. I just couldn't skate 100 percent. I couldn't help my teammates."

Okay, fine. It happens. But why were you on the bench the whole time if you couldn't play?

"I was hoping maybe a power play, five-on-three or something like that, and I just want to be with my teammates. ... And you never know. Maybe we get a shot at a 5-on-3 and you don't have to skate that much. But I wanted to be with my teammates there."

General manager Paul Holmgren listed Jagr as day-to-day, and the Czech legend says he hopes to be back 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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Marc Staal Returns From Injury, Plays Limited Minutes In 2012 Winter Classic

Marc Staal returned from his concussion on Monday afternoon, which just so happened to be the 2012 NHL Winter Classic. And for Staal, who hasn't played all season thanks to that injury, it was a pleasant surprise that he had the opportunity to play in the NHL's fifth-annual outdoor showcase.

"To be honest, I wrote it off for a long time so that when the day came and I wasn't playing, it wouldn't bother me as much," Staal said following his team's 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers at Citizens Bank Park. "Obviously the stage was big I think. I thought everyone was in a different boat. No one was used to the style of the game since it was outside. I kind of eased my way into it and it was good."

It wasn't perfect, though. Staal didn't immediately return to his spot on the Rangers top defensive pairing, a gig that's been taken over by Dan Girardi and surprising youngster Ryan McDonagh. He only played 12:41 of total ice time, and head coach John Tortorella still thinks he needs to ease in his star defenseman.

"The game was pretty quick for him," Torts said. "He readily admitted early on, those first few shifts. There were some mistakes here and there, but it's great to have him in the lineup. We're gonna slowly get him about. There's some work to do.

"Even without a concussion, any player that misses camp, it's a struggle, so we have to be really cognizant of how we use him. We don't want to put him in a situation where he doesn't get his game back, but it'll be there. He's going to be a very important guy."

Staal agreed about the mistakes.

"I feel good. There's no problems. I didn't play a whole lot, but that was the plan we talked about it last night. I made some mistakes out there but I'll try to get better ... I didn't play all that much. From shift-to-shift I didn't run out of gas fast, I felt pretty good."

Even though it wasn't a perfect afternoon for Staal, just having him back on the bench and in the active lineup is a step up for the Rangers. McDonagh talked about that after the game.

"I thought he was really good. He has a presence about him when he's out there. He's got a big body and a big reach, he's tough to get around. He's so good with the puck and he's smart positionally. I mean, he's an All-Star. It's no coincidence that he steps up in a big game for us here. He played some crucial minutes. He was huge for us in that penalty kill with five minutes left in the third."

And that's where the Rangers need Staal the most. He's without a doubt their best defenseman, and with a guy like that, even if he's not at 100 percent of his normal production, he's still a better option than most. A better option than Jeff Woywitka, for example.

"I feel terrible about taking Jeff out," Tortorella said. "Leading up, you know he's in that lineup ready to play this type of game, right up to last night after the meal. I don't feel great about that but he was terrific when I talked to him. He understands when Marc Staal says yes to me, he's going to play."

Marc Staal played on Monday. He's back in the Rangers lineup, and as they expanded their lead in both the Eastern Conference and Atlantic Division with their win over the rival Philadelphia Flyers, they're only going to be scarier as the season progresses.

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 2012 Score: Rangers Rally To Top Flyers, 3-2

Despite allowing the Flyers to score the first two goals of the game, the Rangers rallied by scoring the final three, including two by Mike Rupp, to take the 2012 Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia by the score 3-2.

Brad Richards scored the game-winner at the 5:21 mark in the third, but the rest of the game wasn't without drama as the Flyers had a chance to tie in the final minute with a penalty shot, which was awarded when Ryan McDonagh covered the puck in the crease.

Flyers center Danny Briere took the shot and tried to go between Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist's legs, but he was denied. With just 19.6 seconds left on the clock, the Rangers survived Philly's final flurry to win the game.

After a scoreless opening period, Flyers center Brayden Schenn opened the scoring with his first goal of the year at thee 12:21 mark of the second period. Just two minutes later, Claude Giroux extended the Flyers' lead to 2-0, but it would take just half a minute for Mike Rupp to answer for the Rangers with just his second goal of the year. Rupp scored again at the 2:41 mark in the third period, setting up Richards' game-winner a few minutes later.

Lundqvist finished the game with 35 saves; Flyers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, meanwhile, stopped 30 of 33.

The Flyers were without Jaromir Jagr for much of the game, as the veteran left the ice in the first period. He briefly returned early in the second period but then did not play the rest of the game, apparently due to an unannounced injury.

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 2012 Score: Brad Richards Goal Puts New York Rangers Up, 3-2

Mike Rupp has two goals in the 2012 NHL Winter Classic. Not only does he have two goals, but they're the difference in the hockey game, as his New York Rangers lead 3-2. Rupp put the first two on the board for New York, who fell down 2-0 on goals from Brayden Schenn and Claude Giroux.

Rupp's first goal cut the lead in half, and just 2:41 into the third period, Rupp's second goal tied the score.

The tie lasted less than three minutes, and somehow, the Flyers defense forgot about Brad Richards. The Rangers top forward snuck in behind the defense and buried a Sergei Bobrovsky rebound in the back of the net to take the lead.

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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Jaromir Jagr Injury: Flyers Forward On Bench But Not Playing At Winter Classic

When Jaromir Jagr walked to the locker room -- or clubhouse, whatever -- at Citizens Bank Park during the first period of the Winter Classic, it seemed to just be an equipment issue. Maybe he needed a skate fix or something.

When the Flyers returned to the ice for the second period, Jagr followed his teammates out about a minute late, and only took a handful of shifts early in the period, he remained on the bench for most of the action as several other Flyers replaced him on the top line with Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell.

Jagr returned to the bench for the third period, but doesn't appear to be involved in the mix for the Flyers at all. The Flyers could use him, too, as they've fallen behind the New York Rangers, 3-2, in the third period.

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 2012 Score: Claude Giroux Scores, But Mike Rupp Cuts Flyers Lead In Half

The 2012 NHL Winter Classic was a defensive battle for a while there, and then, all the sudden, goals for everybody. Brayden Schenn kicked off the scoring for the Philadelphia Flyers, netting his first NHL goal at the 12:26 mark of the second period. Then, just under two minutes later, Claude Giroux made it 2-0 for the home team on this beauty.

Giroux, the NHL's top scorer, hadn't scored a single point against the Rangers in two games this season, and that was a major key for the Flyers coming in. But just 30 seconds after Giroux's goal, Mike Rupp made it as irrelevant as Jody Shelley with a tally of his own.

It's 2-1 in favor of the Flyers, and it's evident that the game has opened up considerably since the start, when the teams were still just feeling each other out. We'd bet the final score doesn't end up 3-1.

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 2012 Score: Rangers, Flyers Scoreless After First Period Thanks To Henrik Lundqvist

Henrik Lundqvist has been the star of the first period at the 2012 NHL Winter Classic between the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers, making several key saves to keep the Flyers off the board. Early in the first period, he made a crucial save on a Claude Giroux breakaway, and a few minutes later he stopped a Kimmo Timonen blast with a beauty of a glove save.

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Then, with a few minutes remaining in the period, ex-Ranger and future Hall of Famer Jaromir Jagr broke in on net much like he did to Giroux, turned aside the Flyers scoring chance.

The Flyers have done a good job of getting pucks on Lundqvist, but the Rangers defense has done a better job of clearing rebounds and not allowing the Flyers to set up body position in front of their goaltender. Each team killed a penalty in the first period, and the Flyers outshot the Rangers by a total of 12 to nine in the first period.

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 2012: Starting Lineups For New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers

We're just minutes from puck drop at the 2012 Winter Classic in Philadelphia, and as The Roots perform in left field, the teams are ready to come out onto the ice. The starting lineups for each team have been announced, and Marc Staal will start the game on the bench. Staal is playing on the third pairing with Stu Bickel. Jeff Woywitka is the late scratch.

Starting on defense for the Rangers will be the top pairing of Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh. They'll be going with their top line of Carl Hagelin, Brad Richards and captain Ryan Callahan. Henrik Lundqvist starts in goal for New York.

For the Philadelphia Flyers, they'll also go with their top line in Claude Giroux, Jaromir Jagr and Scott Hartnell to kick off the game. Braydon Coburn and Kimmo Timonen start things off on defense, while Sergei Bobrovsky gets the nod in goal over usual starter Ilya Bryzgalov.

Patti LaBelle, a Philadelphia native, will sing the Star Spangled Banner.

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 Photos: Fans Celebrate Hockey In, Around Citizens Bank Park

PHILADELPHIA -- Parking lots around Citizens Bank Park were opened to the public at 9 a.m. Monday morning, but the Sports Complex in town was teeming with activity long before then.

Fans snuck their way in and began tailgating for the 2012 Winter Classic as early as 7 a.m., and by 12 p.m., Spectator Plaza on 11th Street outside the ballpark was a mob scene. We were part of that mob, and we took a bunch of neat pictures. You can see them below.

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Marc Staal Injury: Rangers Top Defenseman Will Play In Winter Classic

After telling the media on Sunday that defenseman Marc Staal would be out of the lineup, New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella changed his tune on Monday morning, telling the assembled media at Citizens Bank Park that Staal would indeed make his return to the lineup for the 2012 Winter Classic.

Rangers blog Blueshirt Banter was at the press conference and they relayed the news.

"Last night at dinner I talked to Jim Ransey and Dr. Robert Cantu and everything was good with both of them," Tortorella said at the 12:45 press conference today. "So I asked Staal is he could play, and I heard so many things and I said to Staal 'I don't care about what anyone else thinks are you ready to play?' And he said he was, so he's playing."

Sounds simple enough. We'll see who he plays with and how much he plays, but Staal will indeed play on Monday afternoon.

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NHL Winter Classic 2012: 5 Keys To Victory For Philadelphia Flyers, New York Rangers

The elements will have an impact on the 2012 NHL Winter Classic, but when it comes down to it, this battle for Atlantic Division supremacy between the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers won't be decided by bad ice, atmosphere or weather.

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Winter Classic 2012: NHL Needs To Find Consistency With Start Time

The NHL can't control the weather, but after two years of altered start times at the Winter Classic, they need more consistency if they expect the event to grow.

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NHL Winter Classic: Rangers, Flyers Throw Made-For-TV Script Out Window

Despite best-laid plans, the 2012 Winter Classic will start behind schedule, without each team's best defenseman, and without 24/7 star Ilya Bryzgalov. That's hockey, baby. There is no script.

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2012 NHL Winter Classic: TV, Live Streaming And More

The 2012 NHL WInter Classic was set to have the puck drop on Monday, January 2nd at 1:00 pm ET in Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, but ice conditions have warranted a time change. The puck will now drop at 3 p.m. ET.

The New York Rangers will take on the Philadelphia Flyers in the NHL's annual "outdoor" game. The Flyers will be looking to pick up some goals against a New York Rangers defense that has been playing very well so far in the early stages of the 2011-12 NHL season. The Rangers have won five games in a row, allowing just seven goals in that stretch of games.

Both teams come in with virtually even records on the season, but the Rangers are led by right winger Marian Gaborik who leads the Rangers in both goals and points. On the flip side, center Claude Giroux heads into the game leading the Flyers in points and assists, while winger Scott Hartnell leads the team in goals scored. The Flyers lost on the road to the Rangers back on December 23rd, but will look to rebound from a stretch that has seen the team lose four of their last six games.

Game date, time: 3:00 p.m. ET, Monday, January 2nd

Location: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA

TV channel: NBC, CBC, nbcsports.com (live stream)

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2012 NHL Winter Classic Start Time Moved To 3 P.M.

Just like Saturday's Winter Classic Alumni Game, the 2012 NHL Winter Classic between the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers will start at 3 p.m. ET, pushed back two hours from its original 1 p.m. start time. The NHL announced the news, and it's assumed that it's being forced by the same concerns that pushed back Saturday's game.

The problem isn't the unseasonably warm temperatures in Philadelphia, rather the sun that beats down on the rink in the middle of the afternoon. The ice conditions become too soft for an NHL game. Cloud cover would have solved the problems, but with mostly sunny skies in the forecast for Monday, delaying the game became necessary.

Gates will open at Citizens Bank Park at 1 p.m. for the game, and television coverage on NBC and CBC will be pushed back two hours as well.

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 2012: Sergei Bobrovsky, Not Ilya Bryzgalov, To Start For Philadelphia Flyers

Sergei Bobrovsky will be in the crease for the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday afternoon, as he's been given the nod over usual starting netminder Ilya Bryzgalov. The 22-year-old Russian has played well of late, most recently by beating the rival Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday evening, and Peter Laviolette has opted to ride the hot hand as opposed to giving the nod to the man who's getting paid $51 million.

Bryzgalov actually broke the news to the media before Laviolette, and there was no official announcement from the coach, who played dumb when asked by reporters.

I have been consistent with how I've handled the announcement of goaltenders. I have not spoken to the goaltenders yet and have not announced anything yet. We plan on making an announcement later on today as to who the starter will be.

It's the biggest game of the season for both the Flyers and New York Rangers, and that's beyond the typical hype of the Winter Classic. The teams are separated by just two points in the standings, and a Flyers win would pull them even with the Rangers for first place in the Eastern Conference. Consider that they've yet to beat the Rangers this season and it only magnifies the game further.

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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Sean Avery Placed On Waivers Again By New York Rangers

Sean Avery is back on waivers Friday afternoon, available to be claimed by any team in the NHL, placed there by the New York Rangers.

This is the second time this season Avery has been on waivers. He cleared the wire and was sent to the American Hockey League earlier in the year, where he played two games. The team called him up following an injury to Mike Rupp, and he even cleared re-entry waivers, where he was available to the other 29 clubs at half price.

But now that Rupp is back from his injury, Avery is a disposable piece. He hasn't played since December 10, and in his 15 total games with the NHL club this season, Avery has just three points. He's not been an impact player for the team like he has been in the past, and he's clearly fallen out of favor with John Tortorella.

The only unfortunate part is that he won't be involved in the Winter Classic festivities, and with his personality, that could've been pretty darn entertaining. Then again, there is the chance that he could clear waivers and still be a member of the Rangers come Monday. Or, the Flyers could claim him for laughs.

For more on this year's game, 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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NHL Winter Classic: League Facing Inevitable Risks In Picking New Teams To Play Outdoors

The NHL Winter Classic is in its fifth year, and as the event gets older and older, it's growing into a spectacle of its own. But as it expands to include more teams, the NHL is taking a big, but necessary, risk.

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Winter Classic 2012, Flyers Vs. Rangers: A Game That Matters In Fight For First Place

With the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers each chasing first place in the East, the NHL's made-for-TV Winter Classic event will again feature a matchup that matters.

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Winter Classic 2012 Weather Forecast Much Better As Game Day Nears

We weren't worried too much about the Winter Classic weather forecast on Monday, even though it called for a 60 percent chance of rain for January 2 in Philadelphia. It was a week early. It's hard to project things from that far out.

And as the week has progressed -- we're now just four days from game day -- the weather.com forecast has improved dramatically.

It's dropped to a 30 percent chance of rain to a 30 percent chance of snow showers and now, just a 20 percent chance of any form of precipitation. It's looking more like it's just going to be an overcast, windy day in the low 40s come game time at 1 p.m. this coming Monday. Via weather.com:

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The crew at Citizens Bank Park was able to paint the logos and the lines on the ice Thursday morning in preparation for the game, and the ice will be skated on for the first time on Friday when the media -- including us -- get a chance to take a spin. We'll obviously be chiming in with updates from our experience, as well as the quality of the ice, on Friday.

For more on this year's game, 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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HBO 24/7 Flyers-Rangers, Episode 2 Recap: John Tortorella Up Close, Injuries, 'Typical Montreal'

Ilya Bryzgalov of the Philadelphia Flyers was again the star of Episode 2 in HBO 24/7 Flyers-Rangers, but John Tortorella stole some of that spotlight this time around. Also, conspiracy in Montreal isn't just something fans believe.

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Winter Classic 2012 Will Be Rangers Vs. Flyers, NHL Confirms

The Philadelphia Flyers will host the New York Rangers at Citizens Bank Ballpark in the 2012 Winter Classic on Jan. 2, the NHL announced on Monday. Citizens Bank Ballpark is the home of the Philadelphia Phillies and continues a relatively new annual tradition of hosting regular-season hockey games in outdoor facilities around the New Year. 

This will be the fifth edition of the Winter Classic, which was first played in 2008. This will be the third time that the game has been played in a baseball stadium, with Fenway Park and Wrigley Field hosting the 2009 and 2010 versions. This will be the second time the Flyers have participated in the game and the second straight year that the game will be held in Pennsylvania as last year's game was played at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field.

"The Rangers-Flyers rivalry is one of our very best," said Gary Bettman, NHL Commissioner. "It is only a short distance from Broadway to Broad Street, and over the years, these not-so-neighborly teams have provided an assortment of memorable games. I have every expectation that the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic will provide more great moments to remember."

The NHL will surely be hoping for better weather than they got last year, when fear of rain caused the game to be moved from the originally scheduled 1 p.m. start time to 8 p.m. 

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