In an event unlike anything ever before, the NHL proposed an outdoor game between two of its professional hockey clubs at the start of the 2007-2008 season.
Five years and five cities later, the NHL Winter Classic is now an annual event that offers players a chance to play in front of crowds nearly twice as big as a typical NHL arena.
There is nothing quite like playing on such a big stage in the open environment that brings many players (especially the Canadians) back to their roots.
The Rangers erased a second-period 2-0 Flyer lead and claimed a 3-2 victory after Brad Richards buried a rebound behind Flyers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky.
Several players who had a solid game could use the Classic as a starting point to finish the second half of the 2011-2012 season on a strong note.