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Breaking Down the Bruins’ Classic Win

Here is a recap of the Bruins’ 2-1 win over the Flyers in Friday’s Winter Classic at Fenway Park [1] (for game story, click here) [2]:

Three stars:

1. Bruins ‘€“ Marco Sturm [3] nets the game-winner 1:57 into overtime.

2. Bruins ‘€“ Mark Recchi [4] ‘€“ The 41-year-old skated like a kid, keeping the puck alive and creating chances before crashing the net for a rebound goal to draw the Bruins even with 2:18 to play. He also played a stretch in the third with only one glove without lessening his resolve for the puck. That’€™s Winter Classic spirit.

3. Flyers – Danny Syvret ‘€“ Recalled from the AHL earlier in the week, he scores his first NHL [5] goal, giving the Flyers a second-period lead.

Turning Point ‘€“ Trailing 1-0, the Bruins go on the power play late in the third period. Recchi scores a rebound goal tying the game and setting up the overtime heroics by Sturm.

Key stretch – With the Flyers already holding a 1-0 lead, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara [6] was whistled from tripping 10:16 into the second period. Philadelphia picked up its pressure against Tim Thomas [7], but the Bruins also started creating more chances. The game became more wide open, with several odd-man rushes for both teams.