Prepare your layers, hockey fans. The season’s premier outdoor event is just around the corner.
The Bruins and Penguins were to square off at Fenway Park for the 14th iteration of the New Year’s celebrations, which was marked the return of the 2023 Winter Classic to Boston.
Since the event’s inception ahead of the 2007-08 season, the outdoor game has been played every season in the NHL. The only exception was in 2021 when the delayed start to the season prevented the NHL from hosting the Winter Classic.
The Winter Classic was held on New Year’s Day this year, as in previous years. Because the holiday falls on a Sunday, the game started on Monday, January 2.
It’s the third time the NHL has pushed back the Winter Classic by one day because New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday.
The Participants of Winter Classic 2023
The Bruins took on the Penguins in this year’s game. Boston was making its fourth Winter Classic appearance and hosting the event for the third time. Previously, the Bruins played in 2010, 2016, and 2019.
The Bruins are 2-1-0 in their previous three games, defeating the Flyers in 2010, the Blackhawks in 2019, and the Canadians in 2016.
The Penguins, who took part in the inaugural Winter Classic in 2008, are competing in their third Winter Classic. Pittsburgh took part in the outdoor festivities for the first time since 2011.
The Penguins are 1-1-0 all-time in the Winter Classic, having won the first one in 2008 against the Sabres and losing to the Capitals in 2011.
Where is the 2023 Winter Classic?
- Venue: Fenway Park
- Location: Boston, Mass.
The Boston Red Sox’s Major League Baseball stadium, Fenway Park, will host the 2023 Winter Classic. For the first time, the NHL is holding the Winter Classic at the same location. In the 2010 Winter Classic at Fenway Park, the Bruins played host to the Flyers.
Boston is hosting the event for the third time. The Bruins and Canadiens met in the 2016 Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium, the home of the Patriots, in addition to the Winter Classic from 2010.
Boston Vs. Penguins Previous Matches’ Stats
- Goals: Kapanen – 6 (Heinen, Carter), 28:40 – 0:1. DeBrusk – 15 (Marchand, Grzelcyk), 47:46 – 1:1. Debrask – 16 (Hall, Krejci), 57:36 – 2:1.
- Penalty: 6 – 6. Shots: 29 (10+9+10) – 25 (14+6+5).
On Monday, the Boston team defeated Pittsburgh with a score of 2:1 (0:0, 0:1, 2:0). Pittsburgh scored the goal first (Kasperi Kapanen) in the middle of the second period and took a 1-0 lead in the third period. Jake DeBrusk scored two goals for Boston with the game-winning score 2:24 left.
Evgeni Malkin of Pittsburgh nearly scored the game-tying goal in the game’s final seconds, but time expired before the puck crossed the goal line. Their goaltender Tristan Jarry left the court with 4:30 left in the first period with an injury and was replaced by Casey DeSmith, who made 19 saves.
Despite a slow start, Boston managed to take the lead, scoring two goals in the third period. This was their 29th win of the season.
The Penguins had a big breakaway early in the game, but were unable to realize it until Kasperi Kapanen scored a point in the second period. Linus Ullmark played well in goal for the Bruins, making several great saves in the first period.
In the third period, the lead began to swing as the Bruins began to create more frequent shots on their opponent’s backline. Jake DeBrusk tied the game with seconds left on the power play off a Brad Marchand pass, and 2:24 later he gave Boston the lead after a great assist from Taylor Hall.
In the final seconds, the Penguins attack was quite aggressive, but Ullmark held on to give the Bruins the win.
Even though the Bruins were playing away, their win seemed even more incredible.
Meanwhile, the Penguins will regret not taking advantage of a great opportunity to score two points in a tight race for the playoffs. Pittsburgh also lost goaltender Tristan Jarry, who was injured in the first period and was replaced by Casey DeSmitt.
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The Bruins and the Penguins have had a great rivalry in recent years, as evidenced by their matchups in the Eastern Conference Finals and the Stanley Cup Finals. This time Boston took an advantage over Pittsburgh.
Given the extensive history between the two franchises, it was fascinating to see how this match plays out. At Fenway Park, the 2023 Winter Classic will be held. The NHL is using the same location for the Winter Classic for the first time.
The 2010 Winter Classic took place at Fenway Park, with the Bruins playing the Flyers. In addition to 2010 and 2016, this is the third time Boston will host the event.