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2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic live blog

by Staff
Welcome to the Winter Classic live-blog. This will keep you updated on all the happenings in the showdown between the Rangers and Flyers at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.

Third period

Hello, all. Corey Masisak on in relief of Adam Kimelman for the third period, which just got under way (two words for my buddy Dave Lozo sitting next to me, of course).

0.0 --
Good late chances for the Flyers but no dice -- Lundqvist and some committed shot-blockers for the Rangers win this one, 3-2. What a finish at CBP. Glad to have everyone along for the ride. Fireworks going off now. Good night, everyone. Happy Hockey New Year to all.

19.6 -- King Henrik stops Briere! Rangers continue to cling to the lead in the dying seconds.

19.6 -- Wild scramble in front as Briere tries to jam it past Lundqvist, but no dice. PENALTY SHOT FOR THE FLYERS! McDonagh covered the puck in the crease. Oh boy.

1:06 -- Ryan Callahan was about to break in alone to wrap this one up with an empty-net goal, but he was lassoed by Kimmo Timonen. Both are going to the sin bin, though -- Callahan was called for holding the stick. Looked like he was holding it ... to get it out of his neck/face area. 4-on-4 now. BOB back out for 5-on-4.

1:55 -- Eye of the Tiger time here at CBP. Flyers still down a goal. Faceoff in the Rangers end but BOB remains in net ... for now.

3:15 -- Official call on McDonagh was delay of game. He was amongst a mass of bodies near the Rangers net when it came off its moorings. Power play is almost over for the Flyers -- puck wasn't covered by Lundqvist but an official blew the play dead.

5:12 -- The Flyers are about to get a power-play here. Ryan McDonagh is going to go sit for two minutes and feel shame. Dave Lozo predicted such an event (a Philadelphia PP) not five minutes ago. Big chance for the home nine -- er, six -- to pull even here.

8:34 -- Bit of a lull in the action, but I just remembered something from the post-practice media sessions yesterday. Someone asked Mike Rupp what advice he'd have for his Rangers teammates who haven't played in one of these. He said it would be tough to come back if the ice got dicey, so a strong start would be the biggest key. Guess the ice wasn't an issue for him while he was carrying the Rangers back into this one with those two goals.

10:01 -- The Rangers are now trying to protect a lead, and the hometown Flyers fans are getting a bit restless. Shots are now 31-27 in favor of the Flyers.

14:39 --
 Brad Richards scores to put the Rangers in front for the first time today. Ryan Callahan throws it in front from behind the net, Brandon Dubinsky puts two shots on net before Richards is there to put home rebound No. 3. Just like that goal I scored at fantasy camp. 

16:32 --
 Loudest "Let's Go Rangers" chant of the day/night has started. Oh yeah, darkness is upon us here at CBP.

17:19 --
 Pavel Bure strikes again for the Rangers. Wait, no, that was sniper Mike Rupp. He scores for the second time today to bring the Rangers even. No mock salute this time, though. 2-2 ballgame. Starting to question Peter Laviolette's bullpen management at this point. Get Papelbon in there.

 -- Carl Hagelin gets two solid chances off in a one-on-one situation, but BOB turns them both aside. Shots are now 26-19 in favor of the Flyers.

18:54 --
 Puck just went over the glass and dropped in shallow left field. One of the HITS guys in front of us said Raul Ibanez would have had it. He clearly hasn't watched a Phillies game in the past two years. Little break here for some ice repairs.

Second period

Adam Kimelman tagging in for Dave Lozo for the second period here. Haven't seen Lozo's phone, but I'll try looking in between blog entries.

The players are coming out, including Jaromir Jagr. We're seconds away from the start of the second period.

0:00 -- The horn sounds and the second period is over, with Flyers leading 2-1. Brayden Schenn's first NHL goal opened the scoring and Claude Giroux made it 2-0, but Mike Rupp answered for the Rangers. Shots on goal were 14-8 for the Flyers, but a real issue could be the absence of Jaromir Jagr, who played just two shifts in the second period. Some notes from the second period:

* Two years ago, when the Flyers played outside at Fenway Park at the 2010 Winter Classic, Danny Syvret opened the scoring with his first NHL goal. Two years later, it's Brayden Schenn repeating the feat with his first NHL goal.

* Jaromir Jagr played just two shifts for a total of 1:08 in the second period. His last shift went from 4:49 to 5:12 of the period.

* Rangers forward Marian Gaborik has attempted nine shots -- three on net, three that were blocked and three that missed the net.

That's all from me. Corey Masisak is jumping in to take you through the third period.

4:07 -- James van Riemsdyk gets quick wrister on net that Lundqvist stops up high, and then denies the Flyers forward again on the rebound.

5:09 -- Mike Rupp cuts the Rangers' deficit in half with a great snap shot past Sergei Bobrovsky from the hashmarks. And to celebrate, he gives the Jagr Salute.

5:39 -- And it's 2-0 Flyers, Maxime Talbot leads the 3-on-1 break and centers to Claude Giroux, who puts it past Lundqvist.

7:34 -- We have our first goal. Brayden Schenn puts the rebound of a Matt Carle shot past Henrik Lundqvist. Schenn started the play by beating Derek Stepan on a faceoff.

9:23 -- Brandon Dubinsky and Marc-Andre Bourdon exchange words and pushes after Dubinsky lays a big hit on Bourdon in the Flyers' end. Let's see if that that conversation continues as the game goes on.

11:23 -- Carl Hagelin tips the puck past a Flyer and tries to race the length of the ice to get it, but Flyers defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon does a nice job getting back and deny him a chance to get the puck.

12:55 -- Nice little pass by Jakub Voracek to send Brayden Schenn in on 2-on-1 mini-break with Maxime Talbot. Schenn slides pass right to left to Talbot, but King Henrik kicks it aside.

15:59 -- Brandon Dubinsky snaps one on net from the left side, but Sergei Bobrovsky squeezes the pads and makes the save.

17:19 -- Flyers rookie Harry Zolnierczyk created a nice scoring chance, taking the puck to the net, but like everything else, Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist flicked it away

20:00 -- Briere wins the opening faceoff of the second period and we're underway.


First period

Hey everyone, Dave Lozo here with the in-game updates during the first period. Let's get going.

0:00 -- That'll do it for the first period. Rangers 0, Flyers 0. Nothing happened at 4-on-4 or during the Flyers' brief power play. Shots are 12-9 in favor of the Flyers, who were led by the Giroux line. Lundqvist was the Rangers best player, thwarting several great chances. Some notes about the first 20 minutes:

* Jaromir Jagr left with 3:02 left in the period. It could be an equipment issue, but we'll see if he comes out for the second period.

* In his first period of the season, Staal took six shifts and had 3:40 of ice time. He had one hit.

* Richards, McDonagh, Timonen, Carle and Hartnell are leading the game with 2 shots.

That's all from me. Adam Kimelman will be taking over for the second period. Enjoy the game, and if anyone sees my cell phone somewhere in the stadium, let me know, because I'd like it back. Thanks.

2:13 -- The power play ends with Richards tripping Giroux.

3:02 -- Jagr just blew through the neutral and between Girardi and McDonagh for a one-on-one chance, but Lundqvist got it with the blocker. The Rangers are getting the first power play of the game as Matt Carle is going to the penalty box.

7:19 -- Lundqvist with a beauty of a glove save on Timonen. The play was set up by some great passing by the Giroux line, which looks really good in the early going. They've been knocking on the door, but can't get one past Lundqivst.

8:06 -- Hartnell with a bone-jarring hit on McDonagh, leads to a great chance around Lundqvist's crease. The crowd thought for a second the puck got past the goal line, but Lundqvist held it out.

9:23 -- Flyers with just 5 shots, but the Giroux line with Jagr and Hartnell hemmed the Rangers in their end for about a minute. A long shot from Coburn appeared to give Lundqvist trouble -- he may have been screened -- but he was able to turn it aside.

13:33 -- We hit the first TV timeout scoreless with the Rangers holding a 4-3 lead in shots. Crowd is booing the Rangers for holding the puck behind the net to set up their breakout.

15:30 -- Claude Giroux gets the first great chance of the game, a mini-break on Lundqvist from just inside the blue line. He deked to the backhand, but Lundqvist poke-checked it away before he could get the shot off. At the other, Bobrovsky made his first tough save of the game with his left arm on Marian Gaborik.

17:40 -- Each team with a shot on goal. Jakub Voracek's was a good one for the Flyers, but it was snared by Henrik Lundqvist.


3:04 --
We're about 12 minutes away from the players returning to the ice. The starters for today's game: For the Rangers, it's Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh, Brad Richards, Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin. For the Flyers, it's Kimmo Timonen, Braydon Coburn , Scott Hartnell, Claude Giroux and Jaromir Jagr.

2:51 --
Danny Briere is the last player to return to the locker room, stopping to flip pucks to fans behind the dugout. About 90 percent of the seats are filled as of now, a rare site with this much time before puck drop. Fans are soaking in the atmosphere, as we are about 30 minutes from the opening faceoff.

2:46 --
It looks like Henrik Lundqvist will be wearing eye black for this game. He just got some placed under his eyes with warmups winding down. There's not much sun, but the glare off the ice might be a problem.

2:44 --
With 5 minutes to go in warmups, there is no sign of Ilya Bryzgalov's thermos. It looks like Marc Staal's return has sent Jeff Woywitka to the press box for today, but Woywitka is at least getting the chance to skate in warmups.

2:35 --
The crowd gives the Flyers a loud ovation as they take the ice along with the Rangers for pregame warmups. The Rangers received a far less welcoming response, as they were booed as the walked from the dugout to the rink. The ice looks to be in pristine condition with the cloud cover helping to shield it from the sun. There's a game of 5-on-5 happening between some kids on the auxiliary rink next to the main rink.
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