Should I rest or find an outdoor game clip to share? Heck, hockey. Love you every day, game. Eight days a week.
It looks like 1955 out there in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with Detroit and Toronto looking resplendent in their Eisenhower-era couture, apologies to Logan.
The game itself was a classic as well. The 2014 installment of the Winter Classic went down to the wire and then some, as Tyler Bozak scored in the third and final round of the shootout after the teams played to a 2-2 draw in regulation and OT, with Bozak also scoring earlier to give the Leafs a 2-1 third-period lead.
Originally scheduled for New Year’s Day 2013, the game was pushed back a year due to the preceding season’s labor lockout. Unlike previous seasons when interest in the league was slow to recover following a work stoppage, this game was a ratings bonanza, becoming the most-watched regular season game ever in North America. And that doesn’t include the 210,982 eyeballs enjoying the action at a frigid and snowy Michigan Stadium.
The two original six rivals presented the first matchup of a U.S. and Canadian team in The Winter Classic. The previous day, Comerica Park hosted not one, but two, alumni games involving former Leaf and Red Wing players, drawing a robust crowd of 33,000-plus to watch an old-timers game without a major-league follow-up.
The Wings alumni won both games. In the first, while protecting a one-goal lead with 14 seconds remaining, who should coach Scotty Bowman send out to take the crucial draw? None other than Red Berenson. 74-year-old Red Berenson, who along with Mike Walton, a youthful 68 by comparison, provided some real Original Six flavor to the festivities.
The second game stuck to competitive hockey to provide its dramatics, with Toronto’s Bryan McCabe scoring with two seconds left in regulation to cap a four-goal comeback. Tomas Holmstrom of Detroit, however, scored the lone goal of the shootout, to give the Hockeytown Heroes their second victory of the day.