Wednesday, January 2, 2008



Yes, today TAH shows hockey and snow some much deserved love.


by Ross McKeon, Yahoo! Sports

They pulled it off.

For once the NHL, maligned, ridiculed and demeaned so often for trying to skate outside the box, took a big swing Tuesday and made solid contact. Hit it right out of the park, in fact. Yellowstone Park.

Just think of all the ways this could have backfired. An outdoor game in Buffalo, in the dead of winter, in front of a national television audience on a day most Americans are glued to watching college football when they aren't nursing a holiday hangover.

Instead, it's the NHL that is drunk with success.

The game's biggest young star – Sidney Crosby – topped an afternoon that brought everyone back to their roots with a Hollywood-scripted shootout goal to give the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins a 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres in front of 71,217 fans.

The week-old man-made rink, stretching between the 16-yard lines and built atop the football field of Ralph Wilson Stadium, served as the spectacular venue for the first NHL regular-season outdoor game in the United States. Snow fell nearly throughout, wind was tough at times, it was dark and cold, but none of that mattered. It all seemed just right for what the league was trying to promote…

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Thomas Vanek #26 (above) of the Buffalo Sabres tries to get past goaltender Ty Conklin #35 of the Pittsburgh Penguins during the NHL Winter Classic. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images) (Other photos by Photo by Harry How/Getty Images, Dave Sandford/Getty Images, Rick Stewart/Getty Images for the NHL and AP Photo/Don Heupel)

1 comment:

  1. I have it on DVR if anyone wants to see it! I was watching the Citrus Bowl. WOW! What a game!


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