PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Mike Rupp scored two goals and Brad Richards posted the winner on top of a chilly baseball field, as the New York Rangers outlasted the Philadelphia Flyers, 3-2, in the Winter Classic on Monday at Citizens Bank Park.
Playing on a rink that stretched from first base to third base, the Rangers made the league's fifth Classic event a memorable one, rallying from a 2-0 deficit to stay atop the Eastern Conference standings.
The NHL surrounded the rink with Christmas trees, fire wood, fake snow, and even trash-can fires. But there was nothing artificial in the elements with snow flurries late in the second period and temperatures that dipped into the 30s, forcing 49,967 fans to bundle up for the big game.
Rookie Brayden Schenn and Claude Giroux scored for the Flyers. It was Schenn's first career goal.
Flyers center Danny Briere was stopped by Henrik Lundqvist on a penalty shot with 19 seconds left, as New York won for the third time this season against Philadelphia.
While this game meant two points in the standings, like the four other NHL games set for Monday night, it received the kind of hype normally reserved for the Stanley Cup finals. NBC televised the game and HBO had 12 camera crews filming the game and behind-the-scenes action for its "24/7" series./p>