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NHL "Winter Classic" at Boston's Fenway Park

Hockey should be played outdoors. On a frozen pond. In staging the third Winter Classic in Boston's Fenway Park baseball stadium, the NHL got at least the first part right, treating 38,112 fans to an enchanting day of open-air hockey. The Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers skated on the portable ice where usually only grounders, double-plays, and home runs are seen. Game time temperature was 39 degrees -- a cooling system keeping the ice from literally becoming a pond. An overtime goal by Marco Sturm sent the hometown crowd home happy. ( 17 photos total)

Fans cheer during the first period of the New Year's Day Winter Classic NHL hockey game between the Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins at Fenway Park in Boston January 1. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Fans walk along Yawkey Way outside of Fenway Park before the Winter Classic. (Elsa/Getty Images) #

Fans enter Fenway Park before the start of the Winter Classic. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder) #

Complementary cushions cover the seats at Fenway Park before the Winter Classic. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) #

Jeff Wilkins of Nashua, N.H. takes a picture of the Fenway Park "Green Monster" left field wall before the Winter Classic. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) #

An ice-grooming machine surfaces the outdoor rink before the Winter Classic. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) #

Youth teams play on an auxiliary outdoor rink before the Winter Classic. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) #

Fans watch the Winter Classic at Fenway Park. (Elsa/Getty Images) #

Staff Sergeant Ryan R. LaFrance drops the ceremonial first puck for Bobby Clarke (left), honorary captain of the Philadelphia Flyers, and Bobby Orr, honorary captain of the Boston Bruins, before the Winter Classic. (Elsa/Getty Images) #

Danny Briere of the Philadelphia Flyers goes after the puck during the Winter Classic. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) #

The Boston Bruins' Shawn Thornton (left) and the Philadelphia Flyers' Daniel Carcillo exchange punches during a first period fight in the Winter Classic. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) #

Fans watch the Philadelphia Flyers and the Boston Bruins play during the Winter Classic. (REUTERS/Adam Hunger) #

Jeff Carter (right) of the Philadelphia Flyers battles for possession of the puck against Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins during the second period of the Winter Classic. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) #

The Boston Bruins' Andrew Ference is checked by a Philadelphia Flyers player in the third period of the Winter Classic. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder) #

The Philadelphia Flyers and the Boston Bruins battle for a second period faceoff in the Winter Classic. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff) #

Claude Giroux (left) of the Philadelphia Flyers fights for possession of the puck against Matt Hunwick of the Boston Bruins during the Winter Classic. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) #

The Boston Bruins' Marc Savard (left) looks to move the puck as the Philadelphia Flyers' Jeff Carter moves in on him during first period action in the Winter Classic. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff) #



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wow!

Posted by yip144 January 5, 10 04:36 AM
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Pack of ignoramuses! Yeah show a fight photo, that's classy! What a bunch of immature, ignorant, pig heads.

Posted by Joey B January 5, 10 03:18 PM
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The #2 post is just absurd...if you don't like it, DONT watch. It's hockey, not ping pong.

Posted by Jim January 5, 10 03:50 PM
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JOEYB....You really have no idea what you are talking about.

Posted by rockett7 January 5, 10 04:02 PM
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Hey Joey B. It's called hockey. Hockey and fights go together like Boston and championships. If you want to see pictures of kittens and flowers go to National Geographic's website. Grow up!!!

Posted by psyche617 January 5, 10 04:03 PM
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Fighting is to sports as tea-birthers are to politcs.

Posted by CK January 5, 10 04:24 PM
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Joey B - "Pack of ignoramuses! Yeah show a fight photo, that's classy! What a bunch of immature, ignorant, pig heads."

How is anything you said relevant? Do you not understand the sport at all? Fighting is part of the normal flow of the game, so what's wrong with showing a photo of it?

Posted by Diggz January 5, 10 04:25 PM
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no pic of the team celebrating the win? nice job globe

Posted by Jim January 5, 10 04:25 PM
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Joey B,

One fight photo out of seventeen. Helloooo!!!

Posted by Chris January 5, 10 04:28 PM
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Sorry Joey B, you're in the minority

Posted by Rob White January 5, 10 04:31 PM
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Sorry Joey B, you're in the minority

Posted by Rob White January 5, 10 04:31 PM
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Hey Joey, that's hockey... why dont you do a survey of how many hockey players have a college education compared to the other major sports and then get back to us on your ignorant comment.

It was a great classy event and a milestone in New England sports. The folks who worked long hours put on a great show and have everything to be proud of! There were many many children and folks from all over who, like myself and my family, will always remember this event! I greatly thank all who made it possible.

Posted by RD January 5, 10 04:43 PM
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I agree...no wonder hockey sales have been decreasing over the years...yea let's watch a bunch of ugly looking no teeth players fight....good for our kids!

Posted by MMLK January 5, 10 05:09 PM
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Joey B. - do you not understand the concept of hockey?

GO FLYERS

Posted by kate January 5, 10 05:23 PM
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Great photos.

Posted by toedrag January 5, 10 05:45 PM
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JoeyB, what's your problem? This is a photography blog. That is a great picture.

Posted by Skidpalace January 5, 10 06:03 PM
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Loved the game. Do it every year!

Posted by Jeffski January 5, 10 06:04 PM
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Wow, lighten up Joey.

Posted by Anonymous January 5, 10 06:06 PM
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What a great event....Joey B, go eat your trail mix and save a tree

Posted by tideguy January 5, 10 06:29 PM
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Did a Philly guy take the pictures, why wasn't Bobby Orr's face shown instead of Clark's.

Posted by D. Doten January 5, 10 07:37 PM
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What exactly is wrong with showing a fight photo? Last time I checked it was part of hockey and the first Winter Classic fight to boot. Perhaps you should be less judgmental over trial things?

Posted by Poe January 5, 10 09:28 PM
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Where's the fight, Joey B.? Get your nose out of the National Geographic, you nerd!

Posted by Not a Hockey Fan January 6, 10 08:23 AM
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Joey B...ignoramuses? I take it you aren't a follower of hockey. While I don't condone fighting...it does come with the territory sometimes in hockey. Get a grip man!

Posted by BigBadBruinsFan January 6, 10 09:49 AM
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amazing shots. just amazing.

Posted by Dukefrukem January 6, 10 12:09 PM
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@Joey B: Not just a fight, but a historical first winter classic fight. And if you don't want to see fights then don't watch hockey. Its always been a part of the game and it will always be a part of the game

Posted by cmont January 6, 10 12:39 PM
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Hey Joey B, you're way out of your element. The game was unbelievable -- though unfortunately the Flyers let it slip away...

Posted by Adam Freedman January 6, 10 01:09 PM
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Okay, where's the photo with the Bruins players raising their sticks in salute to the fans at the end of the game?

Posted by Spike January 6, 10 01:20 PM
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Joey apparently wasnt at the game... (or hes a yankees fan). The game was great, the fans were awesome to us philly guys, we had a great time and Im looking forward to heading up to Boston for a sox/philllies game.

Posted by Jess January 6, 10 04:44 PM
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# 6: An ice-grooming machine surfaces the outdoor rink before the Winter Classic

zamboni?


GO BRUINS

Posted by joeyBfanclub January 7, 10 08:47 AM
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It was great fun, and the weather was perfect. Had a great time.

Too bad the obvious troll posts cant just be deleted. Printing them just encourages them.

Posted by SozFanInIL January 7, 10 10:25 AM
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About that "get your nose out of National Geographic" comment - you should actually read National Geographic, dude. You'll see far more vicious stuff than that lame fight JoeyB is cryin' about.

Posted by Tim January 7, 10 05:10 PM
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MMLK. Are you trying to make some sort of argument for child rearing? You just called the players ugly and made fun of the fact that they have no teeth. What kind of example are you setting. I thought JoeyB was dumb.

The game was awesome! I felt like I was back on the pond.

Posted by P.F. January 8, 10 08:21 AM
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Picure #1 - was that person with their arms extended wearing a "snuggie"?

Posted by Linda January 8, 10 05:15 PM
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What a great game! It was really fun to watch.

Posted by Roger January 9, 10 12:47 PM
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In photo #12 My Son is wearing the Lucic jersey, I'm wearing the Neely jersey, and our Friend is in the hooded sweat shirt and ball cap. I was looking at the photos saying what Great shots, and then I saw #12 and said "I can't believe it! There we are!" What a Great day and game that was! We had the time of our lives during the Winter Classic at Fenway! Everyone take care!

Posted by Joe January 12, 10 05:43 PM
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would like to purchase a copy of photo # 12 please contact me Thanks

Posted by Brian Foulsham February 26, 10 10:16 PM
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Pic #4 said: "Complementary cushions cover the seats at Fenway Park before the Winter Classic."

How fitting that this pic shows cushions that, like almost all of them at the Winter Classic, had been "relieved" of the goodies that were supposed to be in them. The hockey cards, etc.

The little matter of the colossal rip-off that no one ever reported on or investigated.

Posted by OhYeahThat May 14, 10 09:44 PM
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