|View From Section 420|
For the Flyers it was Sergei Bobrovsky between the pipes and he was set to battle shot for shot against all star goalie Henrik Lundqvist.
The matchup couldn't be more important. The Rangers held the 1st place spot in the division, only 2 points ahead of the Flyers. The winner would be the leader of not only the division but also the conference.
|Flyers Entering the Ice|
Let the 2012 NHL Winter Classic begin.
Philadelphia's own, Patti LaBelle got things started with her special rendition of the American National Anthem and as she belted "the home of the brave" two F19's went soaring over the stadium giving the 47,967, sell out crowd, chills.
National Anthem and Fly-Over
|And We're Underway|
|Flyers Alumni Together|
Flyers Alumni gather together
Kate Smith and Lauren Hart sing God Bless America
|Liberty Bell rings after Schenn scores|
Schenn scores his 1st career goal in Winter Classic
|Laviolette calls timeout|
The crowd had been quieted and the momentum had quickly changed.
The period ended 2-1 in favor of the Flyers and 14-8 shots advantage (26-17 Flyers after 2 periods).
|The Roots performing during 2nd intermission|
Snow Falling during the Classic
The Flyers also started the period without their star forward Jaromir Jagr, who sat out with a left groin strain. It was revealed the next day that Jagr will miss 7-10 days with that mild strain.
|Hockey Under The Lights|
The Rangers were the better team in the third, when it matter most, and that would be the deciding factor in the game. Rangers outshot the Flyers 16-10 in the third.
The Flyers did, however, have a terrific opportunity to tie the game, when Ryan McDonagh covered the puck with his glove in the crease with only 19 seconds left in the game. This led to a penalty shot, which Danny Briere was chosen to take, against Lundqvist. Last time these 2 faced off was the last game of the 2010 season in a shootout, in which the winner would advance to the playoffs. Briere beat Lundqvist and the Flyers won leading to a playoff birth (they went all the way to the Stanley Cup as a result).
Briere's Penalty Shot and Final Ticks
|Citizen's Bank Park empty after the game|
|Happy New Year from Philadelphia|
Happy New Year and Happy Hockey!