The 2014 NHL Winter Classic lived up to its name with the Toronto Maple Leafs coming out on top. The Leafs defeated the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in a shoot- out in front of over 100,000 fans at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan on New Years Day.
The blowing and blinding snow also made this game a classic. The game had to be stopped several times for the maintenance crew to clear the ice of piling snow.
“It was a little chilly out there,” said Leaf’s head coach, Randy Carlyle as he explains what it was like to be behind the bench during an outdoor hockey game.
Tyler Bozak scored the winning goal in the shoot-out. Bozak’s shot was hard enough that I didn’t even see it go in. It wasn’t until I saw Carlyle shake hands with his assistant coaches that I realized the Leafs won. In the post game press conference, Carlyle described Bozak as a reliable player
As for the crowd, there were both Red Wings and Leaf fans in the stands. It was hard to tell who the crowd was cheering for.
Dion Phaneuf, who signed a seven-year contract extension with the Leafs recently, got two assists during the game.
The were a couple negative things about this game involving Toronto.
The Leafs gave up 43 shots. Goalie, Jonathan Bernier, who was terrific in net again, stopped 41 shots.
Speaking of Bernier, during the broadcast, an announcer said that the Leafs had made him the #1 goalie. However, during the post game press conference, Carlyle didn’t make it official.
There was also a incident involving Joffery Lupul during the game.
Lupul cross-checked Red Wings forward, Patrick Eaves. As a result, the league fined Lupul $10,000.
During the game, the Leaf’s organization made a trade with the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Leafs acquired defenceman, Tim Gleason in exchanged for John-Michael Liles and Dennis Robertson
Finally, immediately after the Winter Classic, The U.S. Olympic team was announced.
Both Phil Kessel and James Van Riemsdyk were named to the roster to no surprise.