Despite severe winter weather in Boston, Thursday’s matchup between the Bruins and Sharks will go on as planned.
The Bruins said in a release they had asked the league to postpone the game to a later date, but scheduling conflicts for both teams and TD Garden made that impossible.
Due to the inconvenience, the Bruins are offering fans unwilling or unable to attend Thursday’s game a ticket exchange for a different regular season game at TD Garden between now and Dec. 31.
That all came to a fever pitch in 2009 when the Penguins and Capitals met in the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in either player’s career. With the hockey world hoping each player would elevate his game and continue to grow the profile of the rivalry, they did just that in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.
Both players registered a hat trick, but Ovechkin’s Capitals won the game in what instantly became known as one of the great offensive duels of all time. Crosby’s Penguins would get the last laugh though, winning the series 4-3 and going on to win the Stanley Cup.
In 2007, the NHL announced it would be taking hockey outdoors with its inaugural Winter Classic. The New Year’s Day game in its first iteration pitted the Sabres against Crosby and the Penguins at then-Ralph Wilson Stadium. It wasn’t the first outdoor game in league history, but a major marketing and brand push to create an outdoor series that has grown over the past nine years.