Winter Classic 2012: Danny Briere's Penalty Shot and the Top Headlines

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Winter Classic 2012: Danny Briere's Penalty Shot and the Top Headlines
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Being that the NHL's Winter Classic is more than just a game—it's an event—it's sure to create a number of headlines and this year was no different.

Both teams, the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers, made headlines of their own during the NHL's free-agency before the season.

New York acquired the biggest name of the summer, Brad Richards, who scored what ended up being the Winter Classic's game-winning goal. Philly acquired Jaromir Jagr—a future member of the Hall of Fame who spent the first 11 years of his NHL career in a Pittsburgh Penguins jersey, the Flyers' long-time Pennsylvania rival.

This year's headlines were made on and off the ice—before, during and after the game.  Whether it was a player or a coach, it seemed as if everybody involved was going to make this year's Winter Classic one to remember—and they did.

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