Monday, January 2, 2012

1st Period -- Winter Classic

All the hype, stories, and tradition of outdoor pond hockey built up tremendous excitement for the puck drop!  The goalies each made a few really good glove saves but the period was rather lifeless.  I think the players were adjusting to the wind and overall atmosphere of playing outside.  Each team committed a penalty late and neither could get anything going.  A couple scrums here and there.  Now that 20 minutes are in the books, look for the 2nd period emotion to ramp up a bit.  After one period, it is scoreless.  I thought the Flyers looked sharper and had a couple breakaway opportunities including Jagr all alone.  Also, Marian Gaborik of the Rangers is a joy to watch skate and snipe.  Glad to see Marc Staal back too after not having played since February due to a concussion.  Chance of snow later!  Stay tuned!