In front of a sellout crowd of 38,112 at Fenway Park, the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers played in the third annual Winter Classic. Unlike the last two games, Ty Conklin was not playing…and the home team won.
Down 1-0 late in the third period, former Flyer Mark Recchi tied the game with a power play marker with 2:18 left in regulation; Kimmo Timonen had just been sent off to the sin bin after tripping Zdeno Chara. The game went to overtime, where Marco Sturm netted the game-winner after getting a feed from Patrice Bergeron.
Danny Syvret scored his first career NHL goal at the 4:42 mark of the 2nd period for Philadelphia; Syvret scored when Bruins goalie Tim Thomas shoved Scott Hartnell from behind.
Flyers goalie Michael Leighton made 24 saves on the game, but was just short of recording the first ever shutout in an NHL outdoor game. Leighton had not allowed a puck in the net for 154:07 before Recchi tied the game late in the third period.
As if being the second goaltender to win an NHL Winter Classic wasn’t good enough news, Tim Thomas also clinched a berth on the US Olympic hockey team; that announcement was made just after the game.