NHL Winter Classic: Penguins vs. BruinsThe Athletic NHL StaffJanuary 2, 2023 at 12:10 PM ESTThe Winter Classic is back at Fenway Park. This year’s game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins will take place at 2 p. m. on Monday at the home field of the Boston Red Sox. The 2010 Winter Classic took place at Fenway Park between the Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers. This will be the Bruins’ fourth appearance in the Winter Classic and the Penguins’ third. The game will be televised on TNT in the U. S. and Sportsnet in Canada. Follow along for live updates, news and insight from The Athletic's writers. Helpful linksPenguins coverageBruins coverage(Photo: Bob DeChiara / Getty Images)January 2, 2023 at 12:10 PM ESTLet's recap the Bruins and Penguins' baseball theme: Was it planned? So, to recap the whole "hockey players wearing baseball jerseys to a baseball stadium where they're going to play a hockey game" situation...
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“When I was, like, 16 years old, I was with (the Russian Federation’s) first team, and they give me a chance to play a game. I was asked, ‘What number you want? ’ I see one of the older guys wearing 11, and I’m sad because, you know, I can’t take it — he’s older, I’m a younger guy. “Seventy-one looks like 11, so I go with it.
Calling any NHL game comes with its challenges for a broadcaster, and Monday will prove no different than past outdoor games for Olczyk. “I like it, gets those competitive juices flowing, ” Olczyk said. “Quite frankly, there are some NHL buildings that are challenging, too. I mean, some buildings, it feels like they said, ‘Let’s put the TV broadcasters at the farthest point away from the rink and wish them well, and then we’ll shoot off a flare if somebody scores. '”Olczyk has called Classics from against the glass, on the field, and in too many places and stadiums to count.
(Prince also spent one season calling Penguins games, which became famous in Pittsburgh because of his "they got, we got it" calls of the hockey action. ) Have a look for yourself:Rob Rossi·Senior Writer, PenguinsJanuary 2, 2023 at 11:30 AM ESTEddie Olczyk envisions ‘incredible backdrop’ for Winter Classic at Fenway ParkEddie Olczyk is no stranger to outdoor hockey. He called the first Winter Classic (Orchard Park, N. Y. ) in 2008 and will join Kenny Albert for the TNT broadcast of this year’s game between the Bruins and Penguins at Fenway Park.
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The Bruins got off the bus in actual old-time, throwback jerseys. They look like they're made from flannel and everything. The Penguins are wearing one of the Pirates' current alternate uniforms. It's a military appreciation/"camo-inspired" look that they've worn in some form for the last several years. It was, apparently, a coincidence, Mike Sullivan told reporters at Fenway. (Photo: Paul Rutherford / USA Today)Sean Gentille·Senior Writer, NHLJanuary 2, 2023 at 12:06 PM ESTKris Letang to miss Winter Classic after dad's deathThe Penguins defenseman has returned to Montreal to be with family.
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): Canadiens 5, Bruins 1Jan. 2, 2017, Busch Stadium (St. Louis): Blues 4, Blackhawks 1Jan. 1, 2018, Citi Field (New York): Rangers 3, Sabres 2 (OT)Jan. 1, 2019, Notre Dame Stadium (South Bend, Ind. ): Bruins 4, Blackhawks 2Jan. 1, 2020, Cotton Bowl (Dallas): Stars 4, Predators 2Jan. 1, 2022, Target Field (Minneapolis): Blues 6, Wild 4(Photo: Jeffrey Becker / USA Today)The Athletic StaffJanuary 2, 2023 at 9:30 AM ESTWhy the Penguins wear their jersey numbersEvgeni Malkin never wanted to wear his famous number. “When I was growing up, I wear 11, ” he said.
5. The Bruins beat the Flyers 2-1 in overtime in the first Winter Classic held at Fenway in 2010. Montreal beat Boston 5-1 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. in 2016. This Winter Classic features a matchup between two of the better teams in the NHL. The Boston Bruins have the best record in the NHL and have only lost seven games this season. The Bruins have outscored their opponents by more than 50 goals this season and are 18-0-3 at home. Boston is on a 10-game point streak and sits eight points ahead of the Maple Leafs in the Atlantic division.
The Bruins won the previous Winter Classic at Fenway Park in 2010. Winter Classic resultsJan. 1, 2008, Ralph Wilson Stadium (Orchard Park, N. ): Penguins 2, Sabres 1 (SO)Jan. 1, 2009, Wrigley Field (Chicago): Red Wings 6, Blackhawks 4Jan. 1, 2010, Fenway Park (Boston): Bruins 2, Flyers 1 (OT)Jan. 1, 2011, Heinz Field (Pittsburgh): Capitals 3, Penguins 1Jan. 2, 2012, Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia): Rangers 3, Flyers 2Jan. 1, 2014, Michigan Stadium (Ann Arbor, Mich. ): Maple Leafs 3, Red Wings 2 (SO)Jan. 1, 2015, Nationals Park (Washington, D. C. ): Capitals 3, Blackhawks 2Jan. 1, 2016, Gillette Stadium (Foxboro, Mass.
Rob Rossi·Senior Writer, PenguinsJanuary 2, 2023 at 12:01 PM ESTFenway Park an iconic setting for fans watching from anywhereThe centerpiece of the Winter Classic is Fenway Park. The NHL made sure to optimize the setup for television by rotating the rink so that it runs parallel to the Green Monster. That way, it will be easy for TNT to incorporate The Wall into its shots, which it plans on doing regularly. So everyone experiencing the game, from the fans at Fenway to viewers at home, will have no trouble recognizing that what will define the 2023 Winter Classic is its setting within the 110-year-old ballpark. (Photo: Bob DeChiara / USA Today)Fluto Shinzawa·Senior Writer, BruinsJanuary 2, 2023 at 11:54 AM ESTZdeno Chara will be part of the Winter Classic