NHL Winter Classic: Sidney Crosby, It’s Cold Outside

December 30th, 2010 by Brian Leave a reply »
In a little less than 36 hours the Pittsburgh Penguins will square off against the Washington Capitals in the fourth annual Winter Classic. This will mark the second Winter Classic game for the Penguins, who played in the inaugural edition in 2008 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo, N.Y. against the Buffalo Sabres.

Pittsburgh won their previous Winter Classic clash 2-1 in an overtime shootout, thanks to the skills of Sidney Crosby, and look to upend the Alex Ovechkin led Capitals on New Year's Day, 2011 at 1 p.m. ET on NBC.

Speaking of Ovechkin and Crosby, the two superstar icers will provide the main story line for this year's battle. As Eastern Conference foes they've met not only countless times in the regular season but also in the playoffs. Olympic games have also been part of their matchups.

NHL executives were likely caught off-guard a few years ago when the notion of an outdoor hockey game on New Year's Day was first proposed. I can imagine the conversation:

Proposer: "There's nothing better going on to bring in the New Year, how about we play outside like the good ol' days?!?" Naysayer: "You mean there aren't four or five college f ...

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