NHL Winter Classic 2011: Capitals Vs. Penguins Reaction from Heinz Field

December 31st, 2010 by Trent Reinsmith Leave a reply »
The 2011 Winter Classic between the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins is scheduled to begin in less than 24 hours at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. 

The two teams have developed quite a rivalry over the past few years. While hockey is a team sport, it’s hard to ignore the individual rivalry between the Penguins Sidney Crosby and the Capitals Alex Ovechkin; two of the biggest superstars in the NHL.

Since the two players entered the league at the start of the 2005-06 season they have combined to capture multiple individual awards, including three of the last four NHL MVP awards.  They are, without a doubt, the two most recognizable faces of today’s NHL.

The Winter Classic game is worth two points in the standings. A win by the Pens gives them a cushion over their nearest competitor, the Tampa Bay Lightning. A Capitals win will move them up to second place and within two points of the Penguins.

In short, this game will not just be a showcase for NHL superstars; it will have an impact on the standings.

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