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Winter Wonderland

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
Throughout the summer, www.PittsburghPenguins.com will periodically present a PNC Wealth Management "Legendary Moment" from the PNC Legends Level Suites at CONSOL Energy Center. Each display features an incredible moment from Penguins history, complete with a description, photos and actual keepsakes from the event.





WINTER WONDERLAND
January 1, 2008




It snowed.

That is the everlasting memory of the NHL’s first Winter Classic between the Penguins and the Buffalo Sabres on New Year’s Day 2008 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo. It snowed.

The idea was to return the sport to its roots, and the NHL succeeded, with a big assist from the weatherman. Flurries fell in the morning and throughout the game, turning what had been an empty NFL stadium into a picture post card of hockey on an outdoor pond – with the exception that these were NHL players, and there were 71,000 fans in the stands.

The shovels came out to clear the ice on occasion, and the pace was slower than an indoor game without snow – but no one cared. The teams were tied 1-1 after regulation time and a five-minute overtime period, so it came down to a shootout, and ultimately, it came down to Sidney Crosby.

He was born for these moments. Even in the snow.

As Mike Emrick called it on NBC…”The game on his stick right here…SCORE! PENGUINS WIN!”



Photos from the 2008 Winter Classic (courtesy of Getty Images):









It came down to a shootout, and ultimately, it came down to Sidney Crosby...





As Mike Emrick called it on NBC…”The game on his stick right here…SCORE! PENGUINS WIN!”







Photos from the PNC display on the suite level of CONSOL Energy Center:








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