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2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic - Rangers v. Flyers

Bryzgalov says he will be on bench for Winter Classic

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov informed the media following Sunday's practice at Citizens Bank Park who the team's starting goaltender would be for Monday's game against the New York Rangers.

It won't be him.

Bryzgalov, signed by the Flyers to a nine-year contract during the summer in hopes of stabilizing the team's long-running goaltending issues, announced he would serve as the backup to Sergei Bobrovsky when the puck is dropped for the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic (1 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC).

"I have great news and even better news," said Bryzgalov. "OK, great news is I'm not playing (Monday), and better news is we have a chance to win the game (Monday)."

24/7 Flyers/Rangers: Road to the NHL Winter Classic Episode #4 (Series Finale) airs on Thursday, Jan. 5


Episode #4 (Series Finale)

Debut: Thursday, Jan. 5 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Other HBO playdates:
Jan. 5 (11:00 p.m.)
Jan. 6 (9:30 a.m., 6:30 p.m., 11:45 p.m.)
Jan. 7 (10:00 a.m., 12:10 a.m.)
Jan. 8 (10:00 a.m.)
Jan. 9 (7:00 p.m., 3:00 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates:
Jan. 8 (midnight)
Jan. 10 (10:00 p.m.)

Flyers' Parent shines in brief return to the ice

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

A fan outpouring, however, convinced the 66-year-old Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender to break out the old pads and strap on the gear one more time.

He played just 5:32, but it was a 332 seconds Parent likely never will forget.

Parent received arguably the loudest ovations of any of the players, and the chants of "Bernie! Bernie!" never really stopped from the minute he came out to start the game until he took one final spin on the ice after his five-minute stint ended.

Lindros receives warm welcome from Philly faithful

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- Outside of a few trips to town as a visiting player, Eric Lindros hadn't spent any significant amount of time in Philadelphia since the Flyers traded him to the New York Rangers in the summer of 2001.

While he may have been gone more than 10 years, the fans who cheered for him during his eight seasons with the Flyers showed how much big No. 88 still meant to them.

Lindros received one of the two biggest ovations from the 45,808 fans packed into Citizens Bank Park for the 2012 Molson Canadian NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game on Saturday.

For Blackburn, alumni game a closing chapter

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- Dan Blackburn's NHL career ended far too soon, but he was back in New York Rangers blue Saturday and he authored a dazzling performance.

Blackburn, who was forced to retire from the NHL in 2005 because of nerve damage in his shoulder, turned aside 15 of 16 shots while playing two periods of the Molson Canadian 2012 NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game at a sold-out Citizens Bank Park.

"It was a blast. It felt like it was a real game," Blackburn said. "I couldn't sleep for about two nights before that. I was glad it went well and it was a lot of fun once we got out there."

'Legion of Doom', Parent power Flyer alums

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- It started with Flyers owner Ed Snider dropping the ceremonial opening faceoff between legends Mark Messier and Bobby Clarke and ended with 45,808 fans giving a standing ovation after watching their heroes of the past take a twirl on the ice at Citizens Bank Park.

Clarke's Flyers emerged victorious against Messier's Rangers, 3-1, in the Molson Canadian 2012 Winter Classic Alumni Game.

Saturday's game, which started under a brilliant sun in warm temperatures and finished under a clear and crisp night sky with the ice surface bathed in the stadium's artificial lights, proved to be a perfect -- and unforgettable -- dress rehearsal for Monday's 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic here between the current editions of these two bitter rivals.

Numbers suggest Classic matchup closer than ever

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- By numbers alone, the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic figures to be the closest matchup in the five-year history of the NHL's outdoor event.

How do Rangers-Flyers stack up?

Only two points separate the Rangers and Flyers, rivals that have combined for 45 wins and 98 points this season.

Last season's game also featured two top teams -- the Capitals and the Penguins combined for 102 points by the time they met at Heinz Field -- but the disparity between the teams was greater. There was a four-point difference in the standings and the Penguins were first in the East, the Capitals were fifth.

NHL's Collins on state of Classic, potential future sites

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- NHL Chief Operating Officer John Collins praised the city of Philadelphia, the Flyers and the Phillies, for helping the League with such a successful build out for the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.

"It's been fantastic," Collins said Saturday afternoon during an impromptu interview session in the press box prior to the Molson Canadian 2012 NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game at Citizens Bank Park. "The Flyers, they're great, and they have a great relationship with the Phillies. The Phillies organization has been great. They don't do a lot of these events, so you really have to tip your hat to them to let us come in and do it. And, you know, the market has been great. The market is alive."

Collins admitted it's not ideal for the NHL to have what he called "the dead day" on New Year's Day in between Saturday's Alumni Game and the Winter Classic game on Jan. 2 (1 p.m. ET NBC, CBC, RDS), but he said he also believes it works in the favor of the fans.

Jagr: Classic will be better than Red Square Game

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

VOORHEES, N.J. -- This will be the first NHL Winter Classic for Philadelphia Flyers forward Jaromir Jagr, but it won't be the first time in his professional career he's skated in an outdoor game.

In his first season in the KHL, Jagr was named a team captain for one team at the 2009 KHL All-Star Game, which was played outside in Moscow's Red Square.

To say Jagr expects his time outside at the 2012 NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic to be more memorable than his previous time would be simplifying things.

Flyers wrap up final indoor practice before Classic

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

VOORHEES, N.J. -- When the Philadelphia Flyers were returning home from Pittsburgh late Thursday night, their flight path took them near Citizens Bank Park. Defenseman Matt Carle snapped a photo from the plane window and posted it to his Twitter account, but he admitted it didn't show much of the grandeur of the park, which will play host on Monday to the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.

"We didn't get to fly directly overhead and see the ice," Carle told NHL.com, "but you could see the place lit up pretty good. I'm sure those guys are working on the ice when we were flying in that night."

Carle and the rest of his teammates will get to see the result of two weeks of hard work by NHL Senior Facilities Operations Manager Dan Craig and his crew Sunday, when they get to skate on the Winter Classic ice for the first time during the team's practice session.
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