The NHL took the rink outside for their fourteenth Winter Classic event on Monday, January 2. The Boston Bruins hosted the Pittsburgh Penguins at the historic Fenway Park for a 2:00 p.m. game. Fans highly anticipated this game since the event hasn’t been held in Massachusetts since 2016, when the Bruins played the Canadiens at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. 

Boston is a pride-filled city for its sports teams and made sure to build up the excitement for this event during the days leading up to it. On December 30 and 31, the NHL held two events at the City Hall Plaza in Boston containing pictures with the Stanley Cup, autographs from players, food, games and more. Thousands attended since the Winter Classic itself was only days away. 

The day of the Winter Classic is always an electric day for hockey nation, but especially the city in which the event is being hosted. To begin, the Bruins paraded off the team bus in Boston Red Sox uniforms to pay homage to the park they were playing in. The Penguins did something similar as they showed up in Pirates uniforms to represent their home baseball team. 

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Prior to the game, fans were able to enjoy an outdoor concert by Sam Hunt. Fans were also able to pregame with the hosts of the beloved hockey podcast, Spittin’ Chiclets at Game On, right outside Fenway. 

After fans packed the park, the opening ceremony for the game began with Bruins’ legends, Zdeno Chara, Johnny Bucyk and Bobby Orr. Orr conducted the ceremonial “puck pitch” where he passed the puck to retired Red Sox catcher, Jason Varitek. The Boston Pops, led by Keith Lockhart, then played the National Anthem for fans and players as two jets flew over the park—which I heard from my house minutes before seeing them on television. 

Finally, the game began. It was a slow first period as both the Bruins and Penguins went scoreless for the first twenty minutes. For the first intermission, the Black Keys played their hit song, “Gold on the Ceiling,” for fans to enjoy. 

The second period served as much more exciting with a goal from Kasperi Kapanen to give the Penguins the lead. The second period ended with no other goals on either side. The second intermission included a musical performance from Bell Biv DeVoe, an R&B group. 

The third period was full of action as the Bruins made a striking comeback. Eight minutes into the period, Jake DeBrusk found a way to put the puck in the back of the net—tying the game. At this point, energy began to heat up on the ice with a few hard hits and a couple scuffles. 

Having himself a game, DeBrusk sent the puck past Penguins goalie again to give the Bruins the go-ahead goal. With only 2:30 minutes remaining in the game, the Penguins pulled their goalie to give a sixth man on the ice. Standing strong, the Bruins were able to hold off the Penguins, securing their third outdoor win. 

The final score of the game was 2-1 in favor of the Bruins. As fans left the park, the Boston Pops played a fan favorite, “Shipping Up to Boston,” by the Dropkick Murphys. 

It is safe to say that Bruins fans and the city of Boston had a successful day for the fourteenth Winter Classic in NHL history.

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