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Winter Classic 2014: James van Riemsdyk bats one in

James van Riemsdyk used a baseball swing to score a goal in the hockey game being played at the football stadium.

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For most of the first two periods it seemed as if the Winter Classic was destined to be scoreless until a shootout.

Late in the second period, the two teams finally found a way to break through the snow and find the back of the net. After Daniel Alfredsson gave the Red Wings a 1-0 lead with his skate, Toronto's James van Riemsdyk scored the equalizer when he batted the puck out of mid-air past Jimmy Howard.

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