First Star: Mike Rupp (2 G, +2)
Second Star: Hank (0.944 save percentage)
Third Star: Claude Giroux (1 G, even)
The 2012 NHL Winter Classic was absolutely amazing.
In 60 games played in the 2011-12 NHL season, Mike Rupp tallied a total of five points.
Two of those five were the biggest goals of his career, according to Claude Giroux.
Shortly after Claude "G-Sus" Giroux put a nifty backhand past the league's top goaltender, Mike Rupp scored his first of the night to shrink the Flyer lead to one.
Five minutes into the third period, both Rupp and Brad Richards scored to give the Rangers a 3-2 lead.
With two minutes remaining, Ryan Callahan tried to brush off Kimmo Timonen for an empty-net goal to seal the Rangers win until the referee decided that Callahan "held the stick," giving the Flyers some four-on-four hockey to work with and a chance to tie the game.
How did you feel about the call, Torts? (Signs check for $30,000.)
Even if the NHL and NBC "conspired" to boost ratings, there is no way they could have predicted the final 10 seconds of the game.
After the blown call, the Flyers' final effort to even the score forced Rangers defender Ryan McDonagh to place his hand over the puck.
Any time a defender places his hand over the puck entering the goal, a penalty shot is awarded, giving the Flyers a chance to tie the game with only 10 seconds left.
In front of one of the most powerful sports crowds in the country, Danny Briere had the game on his stick facing the league's best goaltender.
Briere tried to beat Lundqvist five-hole and failed, sealing the win for New York.
In the six heated games between the Rangers and Flyers in the 2011-12 season, the New York Rangers were a perfect 6-0.