NHL Recaps: Bruins rally past Penguins at Winter Classic, and more

NHL Recaps:  January 2, 2023

The schedule for Monday was light with just three games. Both the Vegas Golden Knights and Philadelphia Flyers were victorious on the road. However, all eyes were on the NHL’s showcase outdoor event to start the new year.

Historic Fenway Park was the stage for the 2023 Winter Classic. Hometown fans in Boston watched their beloved Bruins rally in the final period to top the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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According to the NHL’s website, Bruins veteran forward Nick Foligno delivered a speech during the second intermission that helped lead his team to an exciting finish.

“This is an event and it’s a dream come true, and we don’t want to waste it,” DeBrusk said, relaying Foligno’s message. “You don’t want to come after a game like tonight and think you could have done more or wish you would have done something because you never know, it’s very rare if you get another chance to do it. I think it was more just along the message that we know what we can do together as a group, we’re the best third period team in the League and let’s go prove it.”


NHL Recaps: Bruins beat Pens at Winter Classic

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Jan 2, 2023; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Jake DeBrusk (74) reacts with left wing Taylor Hall (71) after scoring the game winning goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period of the 2023 Winter Classic ice hockey game at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

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Jake DeBrusk scored a pair of third-period goals to lead the Boston Bruins to a 2-1 win over the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday afternoon in the NHL Winter Classic at Fenway Park.

DeBrusk netted the winner with 2:24 left in regulation, following the play after Taylor Hall cut inside from the left wing and had a backhand shot stopped by Penguins goaltender Casey DeSmith.

Linus Ullmark (21-1-1) made 26 saves for Boston, holding off a late Pittsburgh flurry on which Evgeni Malkin beat him just after the final buzzer sounded.

Kasperi Kapanen scored the lone goal for Pittsburgh, which is now on a five-game losing streak (0-3-2). Penguins goaltender Tristan Jarry exited the game with 4:30 left in the first period with an apparent lower-body injury. He did not return and no further update was given on his status. DeSmith made 19 saves in relief.

NHL Recaps: Knights edge Avs

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Nicolas Roy scored twice in the second period to snap a lengthy goal drought and Vegas extended Colorado’s losing streak to four games with a win in Denver.

Roy had gone 17 games without a goal before scoring his sixth and seventh of the season to put Vegas up 3-1. Michael Amadio also scored for the Golden Knights, who have won four of their past six games (4-1-1). Vegas goaltender Logan Thompson stopped 27 of 29 shots.

Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen each had a goal and an assist while Artturi Lehkonen logged two assists for the reigning Stanley Cup champion Avalanche, who have lost a season-high-tying four straight games (0-3-1). Alexandar Georgiev made 25 saves on 28 shots.

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Samuel Ersson made 28 saves to win his third straight start as visiting Philadelphia defeated Anaheim.

Travis Konecny and Joel Farabee each had a goal and an assist while Morgan Frost and Scott Laughton also scored goals for Philadelphia, which matched its season-high, three-game winning streak. Kevin Hayes and Noah Cates both added two assists.

Ryan Strome spoiled Ersson’s bid for his first career shutout when he scored with 39.6 seconds remaining. John Gibson made 29 saves for the Ducks, who lost their second straight game and fell for the fifth time in six games (1-4-1).

–Field Level Media

–The Daily Goal Horn contributed to this article