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FHN TODAY: A True Winter Classic as Bruins beat Penguins

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The NHL did this year’s version of the Winter Classic as Fenway Park served as a gorgeous backdrop for an exciting game between the Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins.

Boston players set social media aflame as they stepped off the bus in front of the ballpark wearing full old-time Red Sox uniforms while some Penguins matched with modern-day Pirates attire.

As was the case later in the day, Boston won that battle.

The Boston Bruins were down 1-0 before Jake DeBrusk tied it at 7:46 of the third — and then won it with 2:24 remaining.

DeBrusk finished with five shots on net, seven shot attempts and was a plus-2 in 16:58 of ice time.

The Bruins were obviously in high spirits but that was not the case for the Penguins — who lost goalie Tristan Jarry to injury after the first period.

Sidney Crosby said his team played a pretty solid game, but was disappointed it lost another late lead.

Next year, this spectacle moves to the Mariners’ beautiful ballpark in Seattle as the Vegas Golden Knights get their second outdoor game against the Kraken.

Hey, how about bringing that thing down to the Tropics?

OK, we’re done with that.

Until next year.

FLORIDA HOCKEY NOW

Aaron Ekblad has had more than his share of injury problems over the past three seasons and it looks like he is working through something now.

While neither he nor coach Paul Maurice wanted to talk about it, Maurice at least admitted that his star defenseman is playing through something.

Ekblad, you may remember, missed time earlier this season after sustaining a groin injury in the third game of the season.

— The Panthers worked on their transitional offense at practice on Monday morning, perhaps trying to get back to something that really works for them.

Florida is also apparently going back to rotating goalie Sergei Bobrovsky and Spencer Knight as the January schedule is a bear.

— Speaking of Ekblad, if the Panthers want to get their first power play unit going, Carter Verhaeghe needs to be up there.

— The hole the Panthers have dug for themselves continues to get deeper as they lost 5-3 to the Rangers on Sunday night.

— A lot more postgame and practice video from Maurice, Sam Bennett and Nick Cousins are all up on the FHN YouTube Channel which you can visit by clicking the embedded videos below or go RIGHT HERE to see everything in one place.

NATIONAL HOCKEY NOW

Top Philadelphia Flyers’ prospect Cutter Gauthier scored twice as Team USA blew out Germany in a World Juniors quarterfinal on Monday.

— The Washington Capitals could be getting some big names back from injury. And that means some roster decisions have to be made.

— The Detroit Red Wings are getting Robby Fabbri back but coach Derek Lalonde wants to keep his producing youngsters as long as he can.

— The Montreal Canadiens are not going anywhere this season, but here are some bold moves the team should consider.

— Everyone loves predictions. Here are five bold ones for the Vegas Golden Knights.

— Can the Calgary Flames keep the good times rolling into 2023?

— The San Jose Sharks were really good against the Blackhawks. Can they play like that against the good teams?

PANTHERS ON DECK

ARIZONA COYOTES AT FLORIDA PANTHERS

  • When: Tuesday, 7 p.m.
  • Where: FLA Live Arena, Sunrise
  • TV/Streaming: Bally Sports Florida, ESPN+
  • Radio: WPOW 96.5-FM2; WBZT 1230-AM (Palm Beach); WCTH 100.3-FM (Florida Keys); SiriusXM
  • Panthers Radio Streaming: SiriusXM 932
  • This season (Arizona leads 1-0): Coyotes 3, Panthers 1 (Nov. 1)
  • Last season: Florida won 2-0
  • All-time regular season series: Arizona leads 20-16-2, 3 ties
  • Up Next for the Panthers: Friday night at Detroit Red Wings

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