2009: Penguins 2, Sabres 1, SO (at Ralph Wilson Stadium)
The picture says it all. If you remember one thing about the first Winter Classic game, it was Sidney Crosby scoring the shootout winner against a toque-wearing Ryan Miller. And the snowfall provided the perfect touch.
Maybe next year ...
The NHL has canceled the 2013 Winter Classic scheduled to be played at Michigan Stadium between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs. The disappointing news at least gives us some time to reflect on the previous New Year's showcases. And there have been some great ones.
2012: Rangers 3, Flyers 2 (at Citizens Bank Park)
The 2012 Classic on the Philadelphia Phillies' field saw some huge hits, like this one. An unsung hero (Mike Rupp) scored two goals to help give New York the win.
2011: Capitals 3, Penguins 1 (at Heinz Field)
Weather pushed this game back and the Sidney Crosby-Alexander Ovechkin rivalry hit primetime. Unfortunately for hockey fans, most will remember this game as the one that knocked Sid out with a concussion.
2010: Bruins 2, Flyers 1, OT (at Fenway Park)
This is the only Winter Classic to be decided in overtime, and Boston treated the Fenway fans to a real thriller. Marco Strum's goal with 3:03 left in 'extra innings' completed Boston's comeback.
2009: Red Wings 6, Blackhawks 4 (at Wrigley Field)
No one could have predicted this finish, especially when the Blackhawks went up 3-1 after the first period. Detroit roared back to score five unanswered goals, and soon a 3-1 lead turned into a 6-3 deficit. Who says it's tough to play on choppy outdoor ice? This one is the highest-scoring Winter Classic ... by far.