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What’s winter without a little pond hockey?

With the Winter Classic on pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NHL sought to capture the energy of its annual outdoors extravaganza for fans in a different way this season.

Enter Lake Tahoe.

Four teams — the Colorado Avalanche, the Vegas Golden Knights, the Philadelphia Flyers, and the Bruins — took the ice over the weekend, and the views were spectacular.

The Avalanche beat the Golden Knights, 3-2, after a seven-hour delay on Saturday afternoon due to ice conditions.

And on Sunday night, the Bruins put a beatdown on the Flyers, 7-3, thanks to three goals from David Pastrnak.

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Here’s how Sunday’s Bruins game looked:

Goaltender Tuukka Rask and Patrice Bergeron led teammates to the ice against the mountain backdrop.
Goaltender Tuukka Rask and Patrice Bergeron led teammates to the ice against the mountain backdrop.Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Read our coverage: In Lake Tahoe, everything looked great for the Bruins against the Flyers: The setting, the performance, and David Pastrnak

Tuukka Rask watches a first period goal by the Flyers' Joel Farabee slip past him.
Tuukka Rask watches a first period goal by the Flyers' Joel Farabee slip past him.Christian Petersen/Getty Images


Charlie Coyle battles for the puck in front of Flyers goalie Carter Hart in the second period. The game was played on the 18th green of a local golf course.
Charlie Coyle battles for the puck in front of Flyers goalie Carter Hart in the second period. The game was played on the 18th green of a local golf course.Christian Petersen/Getty Images


Craig Smith is pursued by the Flyers' Kevin Hayes in the second period. Once the sun set in Nevada, temperatures dropped into the low 30s.
Craig Smith is pursued by the Flyers' Kevin Hayes in the second period. Once the sun set in Nevada, temperatures dropped into the low 30s.Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Read our coverage: With their decisive win, Bruins helped the NHL weather a shaky outdoor weekend and finish on a strong note

David Pastrnak is congratulated by his teammates after scoring a goal against the Philadelphia Flyers in the first period. He would add two more by the end of the game.
David Pastrnak is congratulated by his teammates after scoring a goal against the Philadelphia Flyers in the first period. He would add two more by the end of the game.Ezra Shaw/Getty Images


Nicolas Aube-Kubel body-checks the Bruins' Craig Smith during the first period. The Bruins-Flyers game got pushed back from 2 p.m. ET to 8 p.m. ET due to conditions.
Nicolas Aube-Kubel body-checks the Bruins' Craig Smith during the first period. The Bruins-Flyers game got pushed back from 2 p.m. ET to 8 p.m. ET due to conditions.Christian Petersen/Getty Images


Sweat and heat were visible on the ice when the sun reached a certain angle. Here, Tuukka Rask follows a play as the Flyers' Joel Farabee and Jeremy Lauzon set up in front during the first period.
Sweat and heat were visible on the ice when the sun reached a certain angle. Here, Tuukka Rask follows a play as the Flyers' Joel Farabee and Jeremy Lauzon set up in front during the first period. Christian Petersen/Getty Images


Nick Ritchie celebrates a second-period Charlie Coyle goal that slipped by Flyers goalie Carter Hart.
Nick Ritchie celebrates a second-period Charlie Coyle goal that slipped by Flyers goalie Carter Hart.Christian Petersen/Getty Images


David Pastrnak is congratulated by Jack Studnicka, Brad Marchand, and Charlie McAvoy after scoring his third goal of the game.
David Pastrnak is congratulated by Jack Studnicka, Brad Marchand, and Charlie McAvoy after scoring his third goal of the game.Christian Petersen/Getty Images


While fans weren't allowed at the game, locals posted up on the lake to watch from boats and kayaks. Here, Charlie Coyle is pursued by the Flyers' Robert Hagg in the first period.
While fans weren't allowed at the game, locals posted up on the lake to watch from boats and kayaks. Here, Charlie Coyle is pursued by the Flyers' Robert Hagg in the first period.Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Read our coverage: Flashing neon ski fashion from the ’90s, the Bruins arrived in style for their outdoor game at Lake Tahoe

The Edgewood Tahoe Resort played host to the weekend's games. It sits right on the border between Nevada and California, in the middle of the Sierra Nevadas.
The Edgewood Tahoe Resort played host to the weekend's games. It sits right on the border between Nevada and California, in the middle of the Sierra Nevadas.Ezra Shaw/Getty Images


As the sun set, television viewers were treated to incredible views of the mountains and trees surrounding the rink.
As the sun set, television viewers were treated to incredible views of the mountains and trees surrounding the rink.Christian Petersen/getty Images


Tuukka Rask listens to the national anthem prior to Sunday's game. The game was originally scheduled for 3 p.m. ET — noon local time — before getting pushed.
Tuukka Rask listens to the national anthem prior to Sunday's game. The game was originally scheduled for 3 p.m. ET — noon local time — before getting pushed.Christian Petersen/Getty Images


The Bruins gathered for a team photo before the game.
The Bruins gathered for a team photo before the game.Christian Petersen/Getty Images


Usually the NHL plays Winter Classic games at massive arenas. Fenway Park has played host in the past. For the 2021 edition, the league sought a more intimate venue since it didn't host fans. Here's a drone shot from warm-ups on Sunday.
Usually the NHL plays Winter Classic games at massive arenas. Fenway Park has played host in the past. For the 2021 edition, the league sought a more intimate venue since it didn't host fans. Here's a drone shot from warm-ups on Sunday.Ezra Shaw/Getty Images



Katie McInerney can be reached at katie.mcinerney@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @k8tmac.