Leafs Edge Red Wings in Very Wintry Classic

It was snowy, windy at NHL's annual outdoor event

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jan 1, 2014 4:44 PM CST

(Newser) – A lot of winter. Very little classic hockey. Tyler Bozak scored the winning shootout goal and Jonathan Bernier made two saves in the heart-pounding final moments, lifting the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 3-2 victory over Detroit at the snowy Winter Classic in front of the largest crowd to watch a hockey game. The announced attendance today of 105,591 surpassed the 104,173 who saw Michigan and Michigan State skate in the same football stadium known as the Big House in 2010.

The game began with temps in the low teens and steady snow that didn't stop on a windy afternoon, leading to the sixth Winter Classic being much more of an event than a game. In overtime, the horn sounded to stop play at the 2:30 mark so that both teams played into a 10mph wind for equal time. In the shootout, skaters for both teams attempted shots with the wind in their face toward the same net. The game-time temp was 13 degrees with a wind chill of zero. The average temperature of the previous five Winter Classics was 39 degrees, and the average attendance was 53,045. A slew of skaters with shovels cleared significant amounts of snow during early stoppages in play, but players still had a tough time pushing the puck through piles of the white stuff. Bernier, with a knit hat over his helmet, made 41 saves.

Hockey fans hold up signs during the first period of the Winter Classic outdoor NHL hockey game between the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., Wednesday,...   (Paul Sancya)
Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier (45) blocks a shot by Detroit Red Wings left wing Tomas Tatar (21), of the Czech Republic, during the first period of the Winter Classic outdoor NHL hockey...   (Carlos Osorio)
Hockey fans stand during the national anthems before the Winter Classic outdoor NHL hockey game between of the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., Wednesday,...   (Carlos Osorio)
The Detroit Red Wings, right, and the Toronto Maple Leafs walk out to the rink as a light snow falls at Michigan Stadium for the start of the Winter Classic outdoor NHL hockey game in Ann Arbor, Mich.,...   (Carlos Osorio)
Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle, cetner, talks to his team during the first period of the Winter Classic outdoor NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor,...   (Paul Sancya)
Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Joffrey Lupul (19) skates away after cross-checking Detroit Red Wings forward Patrick Eaves behind the headduring the first period of the Winter Classic outdoor NHL hockey...   (Carlos Osorio)
The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings face off during the first period of the Winter Classic outdoor NHL hockey game at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.   (Paul Sancya)
The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings face off during the first period of the Winter Classic outdoor NHL hockey game at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.   (Paul Sancya)
Detroit Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey (27) checks Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Phil Kessel (81) during the first period of the Winter Classic outdoor NHL hockey game at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor,...   (Paul Sancya)
The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings play during the first period of the Winter Classic outdoor NHL hockey game at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.   (Carlos Osorio)
Hockey fans pack Michigan Stadium as they watch the first period of the Winter Classic outdoor NHL hockey game between the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs in Ann Arbor, Mich., Wednesday,...   (Carlos Osorio)
Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Paul Ranger (15) skates during a break in the first period of the Winter Classic outdoor NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor,...   (Paul Sancya)
Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Joffrey Lupul (19) cross checks Detroit Red Wings forward Patrick Eaves during the first period of the Winter Classic outdoor NHL hockey game at Michigan Stadium in Ann...   (Carlos Osorio)
Toronto Maple Leafs center Tyler Bozak (42) skates back to the bench as Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (35) leaves the net after Bozak's game winning shot during a shootout in the Winter Classic...   (Paul Sancya)
Nathan Dunville, of Halifax, Nova Scotia, left, and Adam Boutilier, of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, pose for family photographs at the NHL Winter Classic hockey game at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich.,...   (Paul Sancya)
Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock, center, works behind the bench during the first period of the Winter Classic outdoor NHL hockey game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium in Ann...   (Paul Sancya)
Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jakub Kindl (4), of the Czech Republic, controls the puck in front of Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Nikolai Kulemin (41), of Russia, during the first period of the Winter...   (Paul Sancya)
Maple Leafs surround center Tyler Bozak after his game-winning goal during a shootout in the Winter Classic against the Red Wings at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.   (Paul Sancya)
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