NHL Winter Classic 2012: 5 Best Players of the Game

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NHL Winter Classic 2012: 5 Best Players of the Game
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On January 2, 2012, the New York Rangers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 in the fifth annual NHL Winter Classic.

The game was a very exciting one, consisting of a lot of back-and-forth play. The first period came and went without any goals. Just when it seemed that the Flyers would run away with the game, Rangers winger Mike Rupp scored twice to tie it. Rangers veteran Brad Richards then scored a third goal that would prove to be the game-winning score.

The third period itself was especially exciting. In the closing minutes, a questionable dual penalty call made it 4-on-4. It then became 5-on-4 when the Flyers pulled their goalie. With about 18 seconds to go, Danny Briere was given a penalty shot and a chance to send the game into overtime. However, Lundqvist made his final epic save of the night, allowing the Rangers to win 3-2 in regulation.

In this big game, each team played hard to fight for the two points in the standings and for the win at one of the biggest games of the regular season. Broad Street and Broadway clashed in what was a great game of hockey. While it took the effort of the team of a whole, each team had a handful of player that proved to change the tide of the game.

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