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'Road to Winter Classic' finale celebrates big day for hockey

Rangers, Sabres enjoy family skates before taking ice for real on Jan. 1 in last episode of series

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

Frigid temperatures and outside ice necessitate certain preparations for the 2018 Bridgestone Winter Classic between the Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers. Some of them in earnest; the hand warmers and extra insulation. Some of them in jest, like the Rex Specs goggles ordered for Sabres forward Kyle Okposo on Amazon and handed over as a joke by his teammates, and the balaclava donned to gentle mocking by Sabres forward Jack Eichel.

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'Road to Winter Classic' finale celebrates great day for hockey

Rangers take cuts on, off ice at Citi Field; Sabres jokingly battle elements before Jan. 1 game in last episode of series

by Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin / NHL.com Staff Writer

Frigid temperatures and outside ice necessitate certain preparations for the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic between the Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers. Some of them in earnest; the hand warmers and extra insulation. Some of them in jest, like the Rex Specs goggles ordered for Sabres forward Kyle Okposo on Amazon and handed over as a joke by his teammates, and the balaclava donned to gentle mocking by Sabres forward Jack Eichel.

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10 memorable moments from Winter Classic

From Miller's OT goal for Rangers to frigid fun for Eichel, Sabres after practice

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- The New York Rangers still are perfect in outdoor games.

The Rangers improved to 4-0-0 all time in outdoor games with a 3-2 overtime win against the Buffalo Sabres in the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Citi Field on Monday.

Here are 10 memorable moments from the 10th Winter Classic:

 

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Winter Classic blog: Jason Pominville

Sabres forward compares experience at Citi Field to first NHL outdoor game

by Jason Pominville / Special to NHL.com

The Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers took it outside to play in the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Citi Field on Monday. Sabres forward Jason Pominville, who played for Buffalo in the first Winter Classic on Jan. 1, 2008, agreed to be a guest blogger for NHL.com to write about his Winter Classic experience.

Here is Pominville's final entry, after Buffalo lost 3-2 in overtime:

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Lundqvist great outdoors again in Winter Classic

Win against Sabres keeps Rangers goalie undefeated in elements, ties him with Tony Esposito for eighth all time

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

NEW YORK -- As Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel carried the puck up the right wing late in the third period Monday, Tony Esposito was watching on television at home in St. Pete Beach, Florida.

Esposito saw Eichel pass into the slot, forward Zemgus Girgensons snap a shot, and New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist do what he has so many times before: make a big save.

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Sabres come up short against Rangers in Winter Classic

Eichel enjoys spectacle of New Year's Day event, not overtime loss in New York

by Mike Zeisberger @zeisberger / NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Bundled up in their seats at Citi Field on Monday, 41,821 fans watched a hockey game in a baseball stadium. 

They saw music stars Ace Frehley, the Goo Goo Dolls and Max Weinberg's Jukebox. There were nine yellow cabs slowly going back and forth in the outfield on tarps that served as makeshift city streets, bringing New York flavor to the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic in the home of the New York Mets.

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Special goal for Miller, big win for Rangers in Winter Classic

Forward scores on power play in overtime to defeat Sabres

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- The frigid conditions, the fog from his breath, the puck zipping around the ice -- they all made New York Rangers forward J.T. Miller feel like he was back skating on the outdoor rink in East Palestine, Ohio.

But Miller never imagined back then what he did Monday. The idea of scoring an overtime goal in the NHL's marquee regular-season game wasn't on his radar because NHL outdoor games weren't a thing when Miller was growing up in East Palestine more than 10 years ago.

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Miller overtime goal lifts Rangers past Sabres in Winter Classic

Lundqvist makes 31 saves, stays undefeated in outdoor games

by Mike Battaglino / NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- J.T. Miller scored a power-play goal with 2:17 left in overtime, and the New York Rangers remained undefeated in outdoor games with a 3-2 win against the Buffalo Sabres in the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Citi Field on Monday.

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Short Shifts

Okposo wears old-school sports goggles at Winter Classic

Sabres forward goes with the retro look for outdoor game at Citi Field

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For a game as big as the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, Kyle Okposo figured he would bring an extra set of eyes.

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Hockey Is For Everyone

Hockey Is For Everyone girls get their chance to skate at Citi Field

Youngsters from Ice Hockey in Harlem joined by New Rochelle Lightning, Westchester Hockey to create memorable day outside

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

NEW YORK -- Hockey truly was for everyone at the 2018 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Citi Field on Monday.

Prior to the game between the New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres at the home of the New York Mets, girls ages 8 and under from Ice Hockey in Harlem, a Hockey Is For Everyone program, scrimmaged on an auxiliary rink adjacent to the big sheet of ice.

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