2012 NHL Winter Classic: 5 Players Who Found Their Game

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2012 NHL Winter Classic: 5 Players Who Found Their Game
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Citizens Bank Park played host to the 2012 Bridgestone Winter Classic

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.

This year, the New York Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers faced off in the NHL's fifth annual Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.

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.

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