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2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic - Rangers v. Flyers

Classic goal has Schenn breathing a bit easier

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- When Brayden Schenn was acquired by the Philadelphia Flyers in June, almost every story had some variation of him being "the best player not in the NHL."

The first half of his first season with the Philadelphia Flyers didn't go the way he wanted, but he's certainly started 2012 in the best way possible.

Monday, in a magical setting, in front of the biggest crowd of his career, Schenn made his first NHL goal the first goal of the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.

Injury ends Jagr's Classic in second period

Davis Harper - NHL.com Staff Writer

With all the pressure and praise heaped on budding star Claude Giroux heading into the Winter Classic, many predicted aging wonder Jaromir Jagr, Giroux's linemate, could be a difference-maker Monday at Citizens Bank Park.

And he might well have been, though not in the way anyone could have predicted.

Late in the first period, Jagr aggravated a calf strain he sustained on Dec. 29 in the Flyers' last game before the Winter Classic, against the Penguins. He skated only two more shifts, but was a virtual nonfactor, eventually missing the final 35 minutes.

"Last game I sprained my leg, it was a little bit (of) swelling," said Jagr, who ultimately went 10 shifts totaling 7:09. "Then, late in the first period it was getting worse and worse. I tried (to come) back, but I just couldn't skate 100 percent. I just thought, I cannot help my team."

With 3:02 to go in the first, Jagr provided a rare moment of excitement in a subdued opening period when he split two Rangers defenders. After the game, Jagr pinpointed the move as the beginning of the end of his night.

Flyers' Schenn scores first NHL goal -- in Classic


For the second time in as many Winter Classic appearances, a member of the Philadelphia Flyers scored his first NHL goal.

Brayden Schenn opened the scoring in the Bridgestone 2012 NHL Winter Classic with his first career goal at 12:26 of the second period. Matt Carle won a race for the loose puck near the left wall and fired it toward the net. The puck bounced off New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and Schenn was there, near the right post, to pounce on the rebound.

Staal has short wait before return in Classic

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- For the first time since last season's Stanley Cup Playoffs, Rangers defenseman  Marc Staal took a shift in an NHL game. And, for the second straight  Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, a Staal brother made his season debut in  the outdoor event.
Staal, who missed the first 36 games of the season due to concussion symptoms,  got on the ice with rookie Stu Bickel 1:45 into the 2012 Bridgestone  NHL Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park.
The Flyers wasted no time testing his side. Brayden Schenn left a drop pass  for Jakub Voracek with Staal defending on the left side, and Voracek's  shot from the circle was gloved and held on to by Henrik Lundqvist.
The first mini scrum of the day came right after and Staal jumped in, but  he wasn't heavily involved before the officials could separate the  Rangers and Flyers.

Lemonade for a cause, as Flyers team with ALSF

Davis Harper - NHL.com Staff Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- Cole Fitzgerald grabbed the donation jar from the stand and waded into the crowd, calling out to prospective customers and dancing, giddy with excitement.
Shouts of, "Come on over! Get some lemonade from me!" could be heard emanating from the concourse above Section 125 at Citizen's Bank Park during Saturday's Molson Canadian NHL Winter Classic Alumni Game.  
Decked out in Winter Classic gear, Cole could easily be mistaken for one of the thousands of kids who attended the game -- because he is one. But Cole, a 7-year-old with a magnetic personality, was there on behalf of an organization even closer to his heart than his beloved Flyers: Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.

Legendary performer LaBelle ready for anthem first

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- In her long, legendary career, Patti LaBelle has played some of the most famous venues around the world.
But in a career that spans more than 50 years, the legendary performer will have a career-first Monday. LaBelle, a Philadelphia native, will sing the National Anthem in her hometown for the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.
"It means that you're grown up," LaBelle told NHL.com. "I'm a grown-up woman."

Rangers Marc Staal defies odds, will play in Classic

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- Rangers defenseman Marc Staal will return to the New York Rangers lineup for the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic against the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday.

Staal has missed the entire season due to lingering symptoms from a concussion he suffered in February of last season. Staal continued to play following the hit from Carolina Hurricanes captain Eric Staal, Marc's brother; but was shut down during training camp.

"Last night at dinner, he talked to my trainer (Jim Ramsay)," Rangers coach John Tortorella said Monday. "He talked to (Dr. Robert Cantu), and everything was good with him and everything was good with Rammer. So I sat down and talked with him and asked him, 'Do you want to play?' I heard so many different things and Marc was talking quite a bit. I said, 'Staalsy, I don't care what anyone else's opinion is. Do you want to play?'

NHL Winter Classic pre-game ceremonies information


Grammy-Award winning singer and Philadelphia native Patti LaBelle will perform the U.S. national anthem at the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic. Grammy-nominated singer Melanie Fiona will perform the Canadian national anthem prior to LaBelle's performance.

Shortly after the Flyers and the Rangers take the ice, members of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Pennsylvania Air and Army National Guard will present colors while the U.S. and Canadian national anthems are performed. Philadelphia's own 1st Lt. Bud Evans, Staff Sgt. Evan McDonough, Senior Airman Scott Davis, Staff Sgt. Derrick Flood, Sgt. First Class Manuel Roman, Petty Officer 2nd Class Mario Robinson, Senior Airman Ethan Dewey and Staff Sgt. Terrence Garrett will present the colors.

During the performance of the U.S. national anthem, two United States F/A-18E Super Hornets, piloted by Philadelphia native and Flyers fan, Capt. Samuel J. Paparo, and Cmdr. Steven W. Kiggans, are scheduled to fly over Citizens Bank Park.

Start-time shift should make for perfect conditions

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

"The glare of the sun would have created a player-safety issue. I know we've been talking about ice, ice, ice, but we deal not just with ice surface here. It all goes back to player safety" -- Dan Craig

PHILADELPHIA -- Dan Craig has given the thumbs up, and it's all systems go here at Citizens Bank Park for the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, which is scheduled for a 3 p.m. ET start time (NBC, CBC, RDS).

"We're good," Craig, the NHL's Senior Director of Facilities Operations, told NHL.com shortly after 11 a.m. Monday.

Seeing that direct sunlight was beating on the ice at the time NHL.com spoke to Craig, he said the League's decision Sunday to change the start time of the game between the Flyers and Rangers from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. was excellent foreshadowing.

Rangers, Flyers great discuss the old days

Davis Harper - NHL.com Staff Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- A day before the Flyers and Rangers renew their rivalry during the game's biggest spectacle, four legends got together to talk the breaks of the game.
For Philadelphia, Bill Barber and Dave Schultz represented the two-time Stanley Cup dynasty of the 1970s, while New York alumni Rod Gilbert and Eddie Giacomin kept them in check, much like they did so many years ago. In all, it made for an insightful, entertaining Miller Coors / NHL Winter Classic Legends Event.
The roundtable discussion, moderated by NHL's Barry Melrose, was at turns entertaining and poignant, as the greats discussed everything from concussions to fighting to referees to, most importantly, the rivalry that helped define their storied careers. 
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