|PHI||0||1||0||0||(0 - 0)||1|
|BOS||0||0||1||1||(0 - 0)||2|
BOSTON -- The 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic turned out to be the equivalent of a walk-off grand slam over the Green Monster at famed Fenway Park.
"I've been here during baseball games when someone hits it over the Monster," Bruin Shawn Thornton said as he lounged in the locker of David "Big Papi" Ortiz, who holds the record for home runs in Fenway in a season. "It was like that."
Sturm's goal, on a sweet setup by Patrice Bergeron, set off a wild celebration among the 38,112 that packed the grand old ballpark to its seams for a New Year's Day afternoon few will soon forget.
"I'm sure this will stay with us for the rest of our lives," Boston captain Zdeno Chara said.
Chara started the winning-goal sequence, getting the puck to Bergeron, who found Sturm for a shot that beat Flyer goalie Michael Leighton to the left side and set off a celebration that continued well after the players had left the ice.
"That's, I think, what I probably dreamed of this morning," Sturm said. "I think every player (wants) to score in overtime -- especially in a game like this."
For Chara, it is that split-second moment when the red light above Leighton's head flashed through the gloaming is the picture that will remain etched in his mind.
"To have Sturmy jump around, all of us jumping around," Chara told NHL.com. "That's the best you can ask for. To see everybody hugging each other, it was almost like we won a (Stanley) Cup."
Hockey's biggest prize wasn't on offer on New Year's Day at Fenway Park, but the eyes of the sporting world -- not just the hockey world -- were on downtown Boston on this day.
Neither the Bruins, nor the Flyers frittered away the opportunity, seizing the day in much the same way their predecessors did in the first two Winter Classics. Pittsburgh won the inaugural Classic over Buffalo in a shootout and Detroit marched into Chicago's Wrigley Field and beat the host Blackhawks. Boston is the first home team to win a Classic game.
While the Flyers were angry to be on the losing end -- a result that ended a promising four-game winning streak that had bolstered the team's confidence after a sluggish start to the season -- they still had to acknowledge the special quality of the event.
"The experience is once-in-a-lifetime," said Flyer coach Peter Laviolette, who is a Boston-area boy himself. "It's not just being a cliché. Fenway Park. Bruins. Flyers. Forty-thousand people on a perfect day. You couldn't ask for anything better for the game of hockey.
"It was just unbelievable to be a part of it; for our organization, for our players, for the fans. It was a great day of hockey."
Amazingly it was a pair of little-known Flyers who owned Fenway Park for the first 57 minutes of the game.
Spare defenseman Danny Syvret gave Philadelphia the lead 4:42 into the second period when his point shot found its way past Boston goalie Tim Thomas, who was out of position after leaving his crease to cross-check Scott Hartnell in retaliation for a collision between the two earlier in the goal-scoring sequence.
It was the first NHL goal of Syvret's career.
|Danny Syvret (1) ASST: Scott Hartnell (16), Jeff Carter (19)|
1 - 0 PHI
|PPG - Mark Recchi (8) ASST: Derek Morris (15), David Krejci (13)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Marco Sturm (14) ASST: Patrice Bergeron (20), Zdeno Chara (22)|
2 - 1 BOS
|Daniel Carcillo Fighting (maj) against Shawn Thornton|
|Shawn Thornton Fighting (maj) against Daniel Carcillo|
|Oskars Bartulis Cross checking against David Krejci|
|David Krejci Cross checking against Oskars Bartulis|
|Zdeno Chara Tripping against Scott Hartnell|
|Johnny Boychuk Hooking against Arron Asham|
|Daniel Carcillo Hooking against Mark Recchi|
|Kimmo Timonen Tripping against Zdeno Chara|
|Daniel Briere Tripping against Marc Savard|
|SA: 26||TOI: 61:57|
|Saves: 24||EV: 19 - 20|
|PIM: 0||PP: 4 - 5|
|SV%: .923||SH: 1 - 1|
|SA: 25||TOI: 61:50|
|Saves: 24||EV: 19 - 20|
|PIM: 0||PP: 5 - 5|
|SV%: .960||SH: 0 - 0|