The NHL Network debuted its half-hour special, "Ivy and Ice – All Access: The 2009 Winter Classic" on Monday. But, no worries, if you missed it. NHL Network will re-air the special Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. EST.
The NHL Network's always stellar all-access format will be in what you might call "Classic" mode for the special, covering everything from how the rink was built in the Chicago Cubs' Wrigley Field to the rousing pre-game scene to the back-and-forth action on the ice.
By all accounts, the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic was a smash hit. This programming night figures to be the same.
It was a different game in the past, that's for sure. It's not exactly what I was expecting but I think the experience paid off for a lot of our guys that realized what it takes in a Game 7. Realistically the effort we put forward, we might not even had to put 60 [minutes], but we just couldn't get a couple bounces to go our way and we just kept pushing.
— Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby on Washington's play in Game 7 vs. the Islanders