When the Philadelphia Flyers square off with the Boston Bruins during the Honda NHL Outdoors Sunday event in Lake Tahoe, NV, on Feb. 21, 2021, it will mark the fifth outdoor game in Flyers history. The game will take place along the lakefront 18th fairway of the golf course at the Edgewood Tahoe Resort.
The Flyers are 1-2-1 in the four outdoor games played to date. All four games were highly competitive, with two being decided in overtime and another coming down to a penalty shot late in the third period. The Bruins have played three outdoor games to date, going 2-1-0 to date. This year's game will be a rematch of the 2010 Bridgestone Winter Classic at Fenway Park, which saw the Bruins win a controversial 2-1 overtime decision.
At the NHL Outdoors game on Feb. 21, the Flyers will wear their new Adidas Reverse Retro ADIZERO Authentic jersey. This will be the fourth time the Flyers have worn a special third jersey for an outdoor game.
Following is a short retrospective on the Flyers' four previous outdoor games.
2010 Bridgestone Winter Classic @ Fenway Park (Bruins 2 - Flyers 1, OT)
This Jan. 1, 2010 game marked the third-ever edition of the Winter Classic, featuring Peter Laviolette's Flyers and Claude Julien's Bruins. The Flyers wore their regular road white uniforms, which featured a large Winter Classic commemorative patch on the upper right chest above the logo.
The Flyers did not trail the Boston Bruins at any point in regulation but dropped a 2-1 overtime decision at Fenway Park.
After a scoreless first period, Flyers defenseman Danny Syvret opened the scoring at 4:42 of the second period. Driven to distraction by Scott Hartnell in front of his net, Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas neglected the ongoing play to skate out and go after the agitating Flyers forward. Just then, Syvret shot the puck into the net.
The Flyers carried the 1-0 lead until time ticked down to 1:18 left in the third period. Former Flyers right winger Mark Recchi broke up Michael Leighton's shutout bid and tied the game.
In the final 46 seconds of regulation, Flyers center Danny Briere was penalized for tripping. Boston did not score on the ensuing 4-on-3 power play in overtime but won the game nine seconds after its expiration when Marco Sturm' scored on a setup from Patrice Bergeron.
Replays subsequently showed that the Bruins had too many men on the ice as they entered the attack zone. The violation went undetected.
2012 Bridgestone Winter Classic @ Citizens Bank Park (Rangers 3 - Flyers 2)
In the fifth installment of the Winter Classic, Laviolette's Flyers played John Tortorella's Rangers at Citizens Bank Park on Jan. 2, 2012. A crowd of 46,967 packed the baseball stadium. The Flyers wore special lace-up orange jerseys for this game.
Brayden Schenn opened the scoring with his first NHL goal, potting a Matt Carle rebound at 12:26 of the second period. At 14:21, Claude Giroux goal to built a short-lived 2-0 lead. New York's Mike Rupp shaved the deficit in half with 5:09 remaining in the middle frame but the Flyers took a 2-1 lead to the second intermission.
After an intermission concert by the Roots amid rapidly dropping temperatures and falling snow flurries, the teams returned to the ice. Another tally by fourth-liner Rupp tied the score at 2-2 and then Brad Richards put the Rangers ahead at 5:21.
With the Flyers trailing 3-2 with 20 seconds left in regulation, Danny Briere was awarded a penalty shot against Henrik Lundqvist.Rather than risking losing the puck by trying to make a move on the "tired" ice, Briere went in straight and tried to surprise Lundqvist with a quick release. The Rangers' netminder made the save. Sergei Bobrovsky took the loss in goal for Philly.
Legendary right winger Jaromir Jagr was forced to leave the game after the first period when he re-aggravated a nagging groin injury. He returned to sit on the bench but did not play any additional shifts.
2017 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Heinz Field (Penguins 4 - Flyers 2)
On Feb. 25, 2017, Dave Hakstol's Flyers opposed Mike Sullivan's Penguins in front of 67,319 fans at Heinz Field. Unlike the two previous outdoor games, the Flyers trailed for most of this match before making a comeback bid that fell short.
Goals by Sidney Crosby and Nick Bonino put the Penguins ahead, 2-0. Jakub Voracek narrowed the gap to a single tally midway through the regulation. In the third period, Matt Cullen restored a two-goal lead for Pittsburgh but Shayne Gostisbehere's power play goal moved the Flyers back within 3-2 with 13:12 remaining on the clock.
The Flyers had chances to knot the score, but could not solve Matt Murray (36 saves on 38 shots) again. Chad Ruhwedel subsequently added an insurance goal for the Penguins. Michal Neuvirth (25 saves on 29 shots) absorbed the loss for Philadelphia.
2019 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Lincoln Financial Field (Flyers 4 - Penguins 3, OT)
On Feb. 23, 2019, Scott Gordon's Flyers and Sullivan's Penguins battled in a steady rain in front of 69,620 fans at Lincoln Financial Field. The Flyers wore specially created uniforms and "football style" helmets for the game, as did the archrival Penguins.
As with the 2017 game in Pittsburgh, the Flyers were compelled to play comeback hockey, dealing with deficits of 1-0 in the first period and 3-1 in the third. Once again, Crosby opened the scoring. The big difference this time: the Flyers' comeback bid was successful.
Sean Couturier knotted the score at 1-1 in the middle stages of the first period. Justin Schultz restored the lead for Pittsburgh at 10:01 of the second period and then Evgeni Malkin put the Penguins ahead, 3-1, at 6:29 of the third period.
With the rain now a deluge, the Flyers staged an improbable comeback. James van Riemsdyk scored a power play goal near the net with 3:04 remaining in regulation. Then, with Brian Elliott (40 saves on 43 shots) pulled from an extra attacker, Voracek scored from a flat angle at 19:40 of the third period to force overtime.
Finally, at 1:59 of overtime, Giroux gained entry in the attack zone and fired off a low shot that squeezed past Murray (33 saves on 37 shots) to end the game as the soaked but ecstatic Flyers partisans in the stands and players on the ice celebrated.
The game marked the final one as a Flyer for longtime fan favorite Wayne Simmonds. Teammates embraced "Simmer" in the locker room after the game, With the NHL trade deadline the next day, the Flyers dealt the impending unrestricted free agent to the Nashville Predators.