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Flyers ready to play outdoors again

Recall 'incredible' 2012 Winter Classic, look forward to Stadium Series against Penguins

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Five years later, the memory remains stunning for the six current Philadelphia Flyers who played in the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic against the New York Rangers at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.

Walking out of the dugout for the first time on game day and seeing 46,967 fans packed into the ballpark was more than they anticipated.

"It's pretty incredible," said center Sean Couturier, a rookie that season. "You don't realize how big it is until you're out there."

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Road to NHL Outdoor Classics

Brian Campbell, family visits Santa Claus

Blackhawks defenseman shares special moment in Episode 3 of EPIX Presents Road to the Outdoor Classics

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EPIX Bonus: Campbells visit Santa

Episode 3 Bonus: Campbell and family visit Santa

In this bonus scene from episode 3 of Road to the Outdoor Classics, Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell and his family visit with Santa Claus

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Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell brought his wife, Lauren, and two daughters to visit Santa Claus in Episode 3 of EPIX Presents Road to the NHL Outdoor Classics.

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NHL Winter Classic

Diary of Centennial, Winter Classics

NHL.com's Dan Rosen shares experience of covering outdoor games

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

The assignment: Attend and cover two outdoor NHL games that begin less than 24 hours apart in two different countries.

The experience: Unique.

The result: Success -- at least that's what I'm going with, but I might be biased.

When the boss gives you the opportunity to cover the 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic in Toronto on Sunday and the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic in St. Louis on Monday you don't say no. You appreciate the chance to do something so few people get to do.

So I did it, and I kept a diary along the way, from the time I arrived at Exhibition Stadium through the time I left Busch Stadium. 

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Short Shifts

Ryan Reaves shares on-ice view of Winter Classic win

Blues forward takes cell phone video following victory against Blackhawks

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St. Louis Blues forward Ryan Reaves phoned it in at the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic. Literally.

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NHL Winter Classic

St. Louis wins twice with Winter Classic

Blues defeat Blackhawks, city shines under threat of bad weather

by Lisa Dillman @reallisa / NHL.com Staff Writer

ST. LOUIS -- For most of a drizzly Monday afternoon, there was not a clear view of the Gateway Arch.

The famous symbol of St. Louis was shrouded in fog, partially in and out of view. But that was about the only thing missing at the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic between the St. Louis Blues and the Chicago Blackhawks at Busch Stadium.

St. Louis won on all accounts -- its Blues against a Central Division rival and against ominous weather forecasts.

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10 memorable moments from Centennial, Winter Classics

From Maple Leafs wanting to stay on ice all day to Vladimir Tarasenko boosting Blues

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

And so the Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks move back indoors. They move back into the comforts of climate-friendly arenas. They move back into their sense of normalcy.

Before they do, let's take a look back at the highlights of a New Year's weekend featuring a 5-4 overtime win for the Maple Leafs against the Red Wings in the 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic at Exhibition Stadium on Sunday and a 4-1 win for the Blues against the Blackhawks in the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Busch Stadium on Monday.

Here are the top 10 most memorable moments, in chronological order:

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NHL Winter Classic

Niklas Hjalmarsson victim of bad bounce

Blackhawks defenseman doesn't get puck luck in loss to Blues at Winter Classic

by Arpon Basu @ArponBasu / LNH.com Senior Managing Editor

ST. LOUIS -- If anyone wanted to create an instructional video for defensemen on how to defend a 3-on-1 break, using a clip of Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson in the third period of the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Monday would be a great place to start.

And if you wanted to add in the importance of shot blocking and bravery in the same video, showing Hjalmarsson's effort earlier in the third period would be front and center as well.

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NHL Winter Classic

Winter Classic postcard

NHL.com's Shawn Roarke privileged to be able to witness spectacular game at Busch Stadium

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / NHL.com Director of Editorial

ST. LOUIS -- The Winter Classic is over.

Like all major events, the ending comes abruptly and unexpectedly, often accompanied by a bit of sadness.

Everyone involved invests so much for so long into making these marquee events happen that it is shocking when the finish line is reached.

It is a privilege to know how much work across the board went into making this Winter Classic a success. I have colleagues, not only with NHL.com, but throughout the League office, who invested their substantial energies into making this happen.

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Vladimir Tarasenko stands out at Winter Classic

Blues forward shines in spotlight, scores two goals in win against Blackhawks

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

ST. LOUIS -- When Vladimir Tarasenko was growing up in Novosibirsk, Russia, his team would practice outdoors every day at 7 a.m., usually in temperatures well below freezing.

"The only way they canceled it was if it was more than minus-25 degrees Celsius," the St. Louis Blues right wing said. "Minus-25, we were still skating."

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Winter Classic diary: Colton Parayko

Blues defenseman chronicles experience of winning outdoors in final installment

by Colton Parayko / Special to NHL.com

St. Louis Blues defenseman Colton Parayko is keeping a diary of his experiences at the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The Blues defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 at Busch Stadium on Monday.

In his final installment, Parayko talks about how amazing game day was, from start to finish, and thanks those that helped make it that way for him and the rest of the Blues.

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