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Rain could delay Winter Classic dream matchup @NHL

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux never took their can-you-top-this rivalry outdoors, back to the purest form of hockey played on ponds instead of indoor palaces. Where whipping winds and a frozen shooting hand can influence the result as much as a hot goaltender.

So this must do: Sidney Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin, the sport's two biggest names and rivals in every sense, playing the NHL's showcase regular-season game.

To Lemieux, the Winter Classic outdoor game Saturday pairing Crosby's Penguins and Ovechkin's Capitals at Heinz Field is perfect.

The weather not so much.

Forecasts of daylong rain could delay the scheduled 1:28 p.m. EST start to the evening. The game must start by 8 p.m. so NBC can televise it.

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