Penguins Ice Sabres in Classic

Crosby the hero in shoot out victory
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 1, 2008 6:45 PM CST
Penguins Ice Sabres in Classic
Buffalo Sabres fan John Ryder cheers during the third period of the NHL Winter Classic outdoor hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y., Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2008. (AP Photo/David Duprey)   (Associated Press)

A Sidney Crosby shootout blast iced this year's Winter Classic as 71,217 fans endured freezing temperatures and saw Pittsburgh deep-freeze Buffalo 2-1, the AP reports. Colby Armstrong scored a 1-0 lead for the Penguins, 21 seconds into the game, and Brian Campbell tied the game with 1:25 in the second period. The teams survived tricky ice and nasty flurries in the first outdoor NHL game to be played in the US.

The game, played at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, NY also set a league record for attendance as fans came out to see the the teams battle in retro jerseys. "When you see 70,000 people packed in to a stadium to watch hockey, that's usually a good sign," said Crosby after the game. (Read more NHL stories.)

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