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Winter Classic 2023

How it happened: Fenway Park played host to another Winter Classic — and another Bruins win

The Bruins salute the crowd after beating the Penguins in the 2023 Winter Classic.Jim Davis/Globe Staff

With historic Fenway Park as a backdrop, the Bruins — and Jake DeBrusk in particular — excited a sold-out crowd with two third-period goals to win the 2023 Winter Classic over the Penguins.

The 39,243 fans in attendance for the 14th iteration of the NHL’s annual outdoor game were rewarded with an exciting finish at the only venue to host more than one Winter Classic.

Boston grabbed the lead when Taylor Hall carried the puck from the left across the front of the net. Penguins goalie Casey DeSmith made the initial save, but DeBrusk buried the rebound for his second goal of the game.

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DeBrusk put the Bruins on the board about eight minutes into the third period as a Bruins’ power play expired. After being struck by the puck, he took a pass from Brad Marchand behind the goal to DeSmith’s left, then swooped around past the poke-check attempt of the Penguins goalie and buried it in the net.

The Bruins finally got one past DeSmith, who subbed in for Tristan Jarry in the first period.


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At times, the hockey was secondary to the sights and sounds at Fenway. The Boston Pops marched back and forth from centerfield to play Fenway favorites like “Sweet Caroline” and “Shipping up to Boston.”

Peewee players took over the ice “diamond” in left field that was used by Bobby Orr and Jason Varitek for the first pitch puck drop to skate around during breaks.

F-15 fighter jets cruised over the ballpark after Bell Biv DeVoe sang with the Pops for the national anthem.

And there were plenty of black-and-gold clad supporters in the stands to keep the atmosphere light and festive even when the Bruins fell into a 1-0 hole in the second period.

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It was the second time Fenway Park hosted the Winter Classic — the Bruins beat the Flyers in 2010 at the same venue. The Bruins also won their last outdoor game, a February 2021 matchup against the Flyers in Lake Tahoe.

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What to make of the end of the game — 6:55 p.m.

The Penguins recorded two shots on goal — one with 4 seconds to play, another with 3 seconds to play — but official didn’t turn to review to see if one went in, which would have sent the game to overtime.

Bruins coach Jim Montgomery thought it was pretty clear:

“I thought the ref was very certain. He waved it off right away. We were pretty confident after we looked at it. It was the right call by the refs.”

Bruins goalie Linus Ullmark had some thoughts as well:

“It was a little chaos there at the end. They got a shot on net. We tried to put it in the corner but we weren’t able to keep it there,” he explained.

“For some reason we felt like we had it under control,” he continued. “It was just pure joy afterwards. It’s something that I’ve dreamt about for 14 years, since i saw the first one. I was always very jealous of the people that have played before me and had the opportunity, and like Jake said, it’s a dream come true.”

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Jake DeBrusk, the man of the match: Here’s what he and Montgomery had to say — 6:50 p.m.

Jake DeBrusk scored both the Bruins’ goals to help Boston to a 2-1 win over the Penguins on Monday.

After the game, Bruins coach Jim Montgomery was succinct in his assessment of the winger: “He’s a lot tougher than people think and he’s more committed than people are aware, and because of those things, his game is growing. He’s matured and you can see it. he’s on pace to get over 30 goals.”

DeBrusk caught some heat last season under Bruce Cassidy by requesting a trade — a request that was never fulfilled.

Instead, the Bruins extended 26-year-old Canadian’s contract by two years. It’s worked out so far.

“It doesn’t matter where I use him,” Montgomery said. “He seems to spark the people he plays with.”

And that’s not the only compliment Montgomery had to offer.

“He’s kept himself in excellent shape,” the Bruins coach said. “He’s come to work every day to get better, and he’s been relentless on pucks. He comes up with a lot of pucks, a lot of turnovers because of his relentless pursuit of pucks.”

DeBrusk called winning the Winter Classic “very special” for him and his teammates.

“It’s been a whirlwind to say the least,” he said, “but it’s obviously something that’s very special for this entire group and myself. This is Fenway Park, the Winter Classic, and something that you dream of doing obviously, you dream of scoring in the Winter Classic.

“I’ve played in three, and I was just lucky enough to get some good bounces today. Linus kept us in it and we had some big kills at the right time. Just really feel blessed honestly to be in this position.”

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What Jim Montgomery said after the game — 6:40 p.m.

Key things Montgomery said after the game ...

Montgomery on the win: “I think the record of road teams is better than home teams in this event. It’s hard because there is a lot of distractions, and you want to win. It’s filled with Bruins fans. It’s an incredible atmosphere at Fenway Park. So for that reason, it’s great to come out with a W.”

On the Bruins rallying: “This teams finds ways to raise their level and take over a game.”

On Linus Ullmark: “His consistency, elite consistency, has been unreal. If it wasn’t for him we’d probably be down 3-0 after two. You’re not going to come back in those situations very often. He gives us the ability to win every night and I think that’s why he has 20 wins.”

Inside the Bruins’ vintage Red Sox uniforms — 6:20 p.m.

What Jim Montgomery had to say about Jake DeBrusk — 6:18 p.m.

Jake DeBrusk scored both the Bruins’ goals to help Boston to a 2-1 win over the Penguins on Monday.

After the game, Bruins coach Jim Montgomery was succinct in his assessment of the winger: “He’s a lot tougher than people think and he’s more committed than people are aware.”

DeBrusk caught some heat last season under Bruce Cassidy by requesting a trade — a request that was never fulfilled.

Instead, the Bruins extended 26-year-old Canadian’s contract by two years. It’s worked out so far.

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Hampus Lindholm knows how to celebrate — 6:15 p.m.

That’s quite a postgame outfit for Ullmark — 6:10 p.m.

Looks like the Bs goalie threw his vintage Sox outfit back on.

Jake DeBrusk (left) and Linus Ullmark laugh it up during their postgame press conference.Andrew Mahoney/Globe Staff

And ... he’s wearing cleats!

See the best photos from the Winter Classic — 6:05 p.m.

No matter where the NHL hosts the Winter Classic, it’s always a stunner. But that’s especially true when it is at Fenway Park.

Here’s a look at the best images of the day from Globe photographer Jim Davis.

Sullivan on Jarry’s injury — 5:48 p.m.

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said Tristan Jarry suffered a lower body injury, and that was the reason he had to exit in the first period.

New Hampshire’s Casey DeSmith stepped up in Jarry’s place, blocking 19 shots.

Watch: Jake DeBrusk’s game-winner got the crowd loud — 5:35 p.m.

Stars of the game — 5:22 p.m.

3 stars of the game:

  • Linus Ullmark (26 saves)
  • Kasperi Kapanen (1 goal)
  • Jake DeBrusk (2 goals)

Bruins win — 5:15 p.m.

The final moment was under review, but no goal.

The Bruins are 8-0-3 in their last 11.

The Pops are playing “Dirty Water” as fans head to the concourse and players catch up on the ice.

Pens’ pull goalie — 5:11 p.m.

Bruins call timeout with 1:19 left. Faceoff in front of their net. Penguins pull DeSmith for an extra skater.

DeBrusk scores again with minutes to spare — 5:09 p.m.

Bruins 2, Penguins 1

The Bruins grabbed the lead when Taylor Hall carried the pick from the left across the front of the net. DeSmith made the initial save, but Jake DeBrusk buried the rebound for his second goal of the game.

2:24 to play.

Timeout, 5:22, third period — 5:04 p.m.

Penguins 1, Bruins 1

Bruins almost took the lead with less than six minutes remaining, but Charlie Coyle’s shot hit the post, and the Bruins were unable to corral the rebound.

The Bruins have the edge in shots on goal, 27-25.

Announced attendance: 39,243 — 4:59 p.m.

It’s a sold-out crowd at Fenway Park.

A view of the fans during the second period.Winslow Townson/Getty

Todd Angilly sings ‘Take Me Out to the Hockey Game’ — 4:54 p.m.

A nice rendition from the Bruins’ anthem singer, with the lyrics tweaked to fit the setting.

Bruins capitalize to tie it up, 1-1, in third period — 4:50 p.m.

Jake DeBrusk comes up with the equalizer after the power play expired. After being struck by the puck, took a pass from Brad Marchand behind the goal to Casey DeSmith’s left, then swooped around past the poke-check attempt of the Penguins goalie and buried it in the net.

The Bruins finally got one past DeSmith, who subbed in for Tristan Jarry in the first period.

This is DeSmith’s second time playing at Fenway. As a freshman at UNH, he made 28 saves in just his second collegiate start but took a 5-4 loss in overtime to Maine.

Bruins on power play — 4:48 p.m.

Bruins go back on the power play 5:40 into the third after Brian Dumoulin goes off for tripping Brad Marchand.

Bruins kill it off — 4:43 p.m.

Bruins successfully kill it off, teams are at even strength.

Penguins on the power play — 4:41 p.m.

Penguins go on the power play after Matt Grzelcyk goes off for tripping 1:11 into the third period

We’re underway for the third period — 4:38 p.m.

Can the Bruins rally?

Montgomery is going with Marchand, Bergeron, and Pastrnak to lead things off.

Nice reflexes, kid — 4:35 p.m.

How about this? A Penguins fan caught a puck that flew off the ice.

And the Globe’s Jim Davis captured the moment.

A Penguins fan (right) is all smiles after he caught a puck that flew off the ice and over the net.Jim Davis/Globe Staff

Notes from the second intermission — 4:25 p.m.

▪ The Boston Pops did a fascinating rendition of “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen.

▪ David Pastrnak has just one shot on goal through 40 minutes.

▪ For the third time in four games, the Bruins trail entering the third period.

▪ Through two periods, the Bruins were unable to take advantage of a Penguins defense missing both Kris Letang and Jeff Petry, who were unable to play.

20 minutes ‘til the start of third period — 4:18 p.m.

End of second period: Penguins 1, Bruins 0 — 4:15 p.m.

Penguins lead 1-0 through two the first two periods. One of the Bruins best chances came in the final minute when Patrice Bergeron re-directed a Brad Marchand shot, but Penguins netminder Casey DeSmith was equal to the task. Pittsburgh holds a 20-19 edge in shots through 40 minutes.

The sun is starting to set and shadows are appearing on the ice. Should shape up to be a pretty cool final period.

TV timeout, 5:57, second period — 4:01 p.m.

It’s still Penguins 1, Bruins 0. The Bruins have 13 shots on goal to the Penguins’ 17.

The Bruins are working with a deficit for third time in last four games.

Also, the Pops are doing “Sweet Caroline.” Even the most cynical fans are enjoying it.

Penguins 1, Bruins 0 — 3:50 p.m.

Penguins get on the board first when Jeff Carter forced a turnover behind the Bruins net. The loose puck was picked up by former Bruin Danton Heinen, who kicked it out front to Kasperi Kapanen for the one-timer past Ullmark for the game’s first goal with 8:20 elapsed in the second period.

Heinen was selected by the Bruins in the fourth round of the 2014 NHL Draft, and played two seasons of college hockey at Denver before joining the organization in 2016. He was traded to the Anaheim Ducks in February 2020 for Nick Ritchie.

The Penguins’ EBUG is suited up — 3:42 p.m.

With Tristan Jarry injured for the Penguins, emergency backup goalie Mike Chiasson has suited up for Pittsburgh. Chiasson, 36, is a goaltending development coach at the Lemieux Complex and the Penguins’ manager of youth hockey.

Here we go for Period 2 — 3:33 p.m.

DeBrusk, hurt on the power play late in the first period, is back on the ice.

Second period set to start at 3:28 — 3:16 p.m.

This is your Winter Classic #fridgealert.

Jake DeBrusk skates off during power play — 3:12 p.m.

Jake DeBrusk left the power play at the end of the first period early. He was spotted having his left hand or wrist worked on in the Bruins’ dugout.

End of first period: Bruins 0, Penguins 0 — 3:11 p.m.

The Bruins had several good chances, but could not cash in with the man advantage. The game is scoreless after 20 minutes. The Penguins outshot the Bruins, 14-11. Casey DeSmith stood tall in relief of Penguins goalie Tristan Jarry, with the Rochester, N.H. native turning back several strong bids while the Bruins had the extra man.

Bruins on the power play to close out first period — 3:09 p.m.

The Bruins are on the power play after Teddy Blueger was whistled for boarding Connor Clifton.

Penguins goalie heads off the ice — 3:04 p.m.

Former UNH goalie Casey DeSmith now in goal for the Penguins. Starter Tristan Jarry took a hard slapshot from Tomas Nosek earlier in the game.

TV timeout, 4:30, first period — 3:03 p.m.

The Penguins have 12 shots on goal, and the Bruins have 8.

The Pops are playing during the pause, and they’ve chosen “Pinball Wizard” by the Who. Pretty cool.

Bruins miss on their best chance — 2:55 p.m.

Bruins had their best chance just more than 12 minutes in when Jake DeBrusk’s shot from the left clanged off the post. Game is still scoreless.

TV timeout, 9:50, first period — 2:50 p.m.

Shots on goal

Bruins: 5

Penguins: 9

Conditions are perfect — 2:46 p.m.

The timing appears perfect for the event, as the sun is only hitting left-centerfield, far away from the ice. Solar glare will not be a problem.

TV timeout, 12:40, first period — 2:43 p.m.

The Bruins have three shots on goal to the Penguins’ four.

The puck has dropped, and we’re underway — 2:33 p.m.

Here we go!

Watch: Bobby Orr connects with Jason Varitek for puck drop — 2:33 p.m.

The ceremonial puck drop occurred on the ice diamond, with Bobby Orr passing the puck to former Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek. Also introduced for the ceremony were former Bruins Zdeno Chara and Johnny Bucyk, and former Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield.

‘Let’s go Bruins!’ chants ring out after flyover — 2:30 p.m.

Both teams made their way to miniature diamond-shaped ice rink, accompanied by the Boston Pops playing “Shipping Up to Boston,” then remained standing as Bell Biv DeVoe performed the national anthem with the Pops.

Then, two jets completed their flyover as “Let’s Go Bruins” chants rang out through Fenway Park.

Fistbump kid gets a cheer — 2:27 p.m.

Liam Fitzgerald, aka Fistbump kid, wearing a David Pastrnak jersey and standing in front of the Red Sox dugout, greeted the Bruins as they made their way to the ice. Fitzgerald received a nice ovation from the crowd when introduced on the video board in center field.

Read more about Fitzgerald here.

... So what are we calling this Bruins bear? — 2:25 p.m.

By Matt Porter

A few notes on the Bruins’ jersey crest for today:

I asked around the past few weeks, and the official internal name for the bear is “Tiger Bear.”

Various team employees referred to as “80s Bear,” “Shoulder Patch Bear,” “Angry Bear,” “Disgruntled Bear” and “Crazy Bear.”

Now ... many Bruins fans call it something different.

The Bruins — the PR staff, and some players — are well aware of the nickname.

So I asked players for a family-friendly nickname.

Swayman, bear expert from Alaska: “It looks kind of like a wolverine face. Half-badger, or something. I could see like a hybrid bear. Badger Bear. Definitely not a Black Bear.”

Electric bear?

“I could do electric bear. Retro bear? It’s just so yellow. Spooked Bear?”

Coyle, who knew what the nickname was: “Ahhh … just the old-school bear, I guess. What are other guys calling it?

“Psycho bear ...

“I dunno. Is that what bears look like?”

DeBrusk:

“I know what everyone else calls it …

“The ‘Can’t Print The Name’ Bear.

“It’s the eyes. Sunday scaries? I dunno.

“Scary bear? I don’t love that.”

Take a look at the Bruins’ Winter Classic jerseys in action — 2:20 p.m.

Brad Marchand sports the vintage-inspired sweater during warm-ups.

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About the Winter Classic entertainment — 2:12 p.m.

Bell Biv DeVoe, the Boston-based spinoff of music group New Edition, will perform the national anthem along with the Boston Pops, led by conductor Keith Lockhart.

The Pops will perform throughout the game on a special stage in center field.

The Black Keys will perform during the first intermission.

There will be appearances by Bruins and Red Sox alumni, headlined by Bobby Orr. Former Bruins captains Zdeno Chara and Johnny Bucyk will be part of the festivities, as well as World Series champions Tim Wakefield and Jason Varitek.

Check out the view from the Monster seats — 2:02 p.m.

Just announced: 2024 Winter Classic headed to Seattle — 1:55 p.m.

The Winter Classic is headed to Seattle, the NHL announced Monday. The Kraken will host the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Park, home of the Mariners, on Jan. 1, 2024.

It will match the NHL’s two most recent franchise additions. The Kraken, who began play in the 2021-22 season, will be playing in their first regular-season outdoor game and will become the 29th team to participate in such a game. It will be the second outdoor appearance for the Golden Knights, who began play in the 2017-18 season. In their first outdoor contest, on Feb. 20, 2021, the Golden Knights fell to the Colorado Avalanche, 3-2, in the 2021 NHL Outdoors at Lake Tahoe at Edgewood Tahoe Resort.

The game would feature two of the league’s brightest stars with Massachusetts ties, as Chelmsford native Jack Eichel skates for the Golden Knights, coached by former Bruins boss Bruce Cassidy, while Hingham’s Matty Beniers is on the Kraken roster. Both players were the No. 2 pick in their respective drafts (Eichel 2015, Beniers 2021).

On the media: Anson Carter is really excited about all things Winter Classic, and he’s not even playing in it — 1:50 p.m.

Anson Carter never did have the good fortune of playing in a Winter Classic during his 10-year NHL career, which included one partial and three full seasons with the Bruins.

But the “NHL on TNT” studio analyst’s deep appreciation for outdoor NHL games comes in part from firsthand experience as a broadcaster, rather than a player.

“My first outdoor game that I actually worked was at Dodger Stadium, Ducks versus the Kings,” said Carter, citing one of the four “Stadium Series” matchups that took place at baseball or football stadiums in 2014. “I remember sitting next to the late Dave Strader [who died in 2017] and sitting in Vin Scully’s seat and doing that game. It was amazing. Just amazing. Thinking about it now is kind of surreal.”

Carter will be part of TNT’s coverage Monday beginning at 1 p.m. from Fenway Park when the Bruins host the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2023 Winter Classic. It turns out that Dodger Stadium isn’t the only baseball-turned-hockey venue that has in-person familiarity to Carter.

Read more from Chad Finn here.

Last time the Bruins played at Fenway Park: The 2010 Winter Classic — 1:40 p.m.

Take a look at photos from the last time the Bruins played at Fenway Park, in January 2010.

A view of the rink.Getty
Zdeno Chara in action in 2010.Jim Davis/The Boston Globe
The Prudential Building looms in the background as the Bruins take on the Flyers in 2010. The Boston Globe/Boston Globe

This is the third Winter Classic for the Penguins, who split the first two games. It will mark the franchise’s sixth game outdoors, with Pittsburgh going 2-3 in the previous five. The Bruins are making their fourth appearance, having gone 2-1 in their three appearances; they have played a total of four games outdoors, going 3-1.

The Bruins’ second appearance was in 2016, when they lost to the Montreal Canadiens, 5-1, at Gillette Stadium. Most recently, they defeated the Chicago Blackhawks, 4-2, at Notre Dame Stadium in 2019.

The Winter Classic dates to 2008, when the Penguins edged the Buffalo Sabres, 2-1, at the home of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, which was then known as Ralph Wilson Stadium. Pittsburgh also lost to the Washington Capitals in 2011 at Heinz Field.

The game also has been played at iconic venues including Michigan Stadium, Yankee Stadium, and Wrigley Field.

A Bobby Orr appearance will highlight the festivities today — 1:30 p.m.

As he did for the 2010 edition, Bobby Orr will return to Fenway Park for the festivities at this year’s Winter Classic.

Orr, who turns 75 in March, is the biggest name on a roster that includes former Bruins captains Zdeno Chara and Johnny Bucyk, Red Sox greats Tim Wakefield and Jason Varitek, and musical acts the Black Keys, Bell Biv DeVoe, and the Boston Pops.

Read more about the entertainment ahead here.

If the Bruins played baseball, who would be in the lineup? — 1:20 p.m

One choice for power hitter? Taylor Hall (left). Nick Foligno (center) didn't love having to quit baseball as a kid to focus on hockey, and he's got the skills to lead off. Then, we'll slot Connor Clifton (right) into the No. 2 spot.Globe staff photo illustration

Hot stove talk around Fenway Park this past week was that the Red Sox were thinking of adding a former MVP to their lineup. The mystery player was a power-hitting lefthanded bat, in the late prime of his career, and on a decent contract to boot.

Let’s squash that talk. Taylor Hall only played one summer of baseball, when he was 12.

Also, he won’t drop his allegiance to the Blue Jays.

If the Bruins were to create a sandlot baseball team, it would be built around Hall. A December survey of the Black-and-Gold dressing room found that the broad-shouldered winger is the only player to have cleared a major league fence.

Read the rest of Matt Porter’s story here.

The soccer balls have now arrived — 1:15 p.m.

Pregame notes: Ullmark in net, Pasta’s swagger, Pens without Letang — 1:00 p.m.

By Matt Porter

Quick hitters from the pregame press conferences with Bruins coach Jim Montgomery and Penguins coach Mike Sullivan:

▪ Starting in net: Linus Ullmark for the Bruins, Tristan Jarry for the Penguins.

▪ The Penguins will be without star defenseman Kris Letang. According to Sullivan, Letang returned home to Montreal after his father, Claude Fouquet, died while the team was in Boston. Sullivan shared his condolences on behalf of the team.

Letang was already dealing with a lower-body injury, per Sullivan.

Additionally, defenseman Jeff Petry (undisclosed) will not play, nor will forward Josh Archibald.

▪ Montgomery loved the Bruins’ choice of attire: Red Sox uniforms from the early years of Fenway Park (which opened in 1912). Montgomery saw his club looking like they walked off the movie sets of Field of Dreams and Eight Men Out.

“Initially it was our preparation and what we need to do in order to have success against the Penguins,” Montgomery said of his mindset. “Then the guys walked in vintage Red Sox outfits. Again, you come back to how lucky we are to be at such a great event.”

The Penguins also paid homage to America’s pastime, showing up in Pittsburgh Pirates uniforms of a more recent vintage.

While it seems likely that opposing captains and longtime Team Canada teammates Patrice Bergeron and Sidney Crosby would get together on such a matter, Sullivan was not aware of any communication.

“We did not coordinate with the Bruins,” said Sullivan, a Marshfield product who was Bergeron’s first coach in Boston (2002-06). “It’s not my understanding that we did. I’m not sure. Quite honestly, I’m not even sure where the ideas came from. But having said that, I think it’s really appropriate at an event like this, at such an iconic stadium.”

▪ Montgomery on David Pastrnak’s personality and style, which today will see him rocking custom baseball skates and using a special Winter Classic stick:

“I think he keeps everybody loose,” Montgomery said. “I think it allows them to live and learn from him. He is such a creative mind, on the ice and in the way he dresses. I’m jealous. I wish I could try some of that stuff. He helps us be who we are. If you look at the Bruins’ swagger, you look at David Pastrnak.”

Spotted: Kiké Hernandez — 12:45 p.m.

Red Sox outfielder Kiké Hernández crashed the pregame warmups, standing next to goalie Linus Ullmark, who along with his Bruins teammates was dressed in an old-time Red Sox uniform, playing catch.

Bruins bust out the baseball gloves — 12:40 p.m.

Watch: Stunning drone video featuring Zdeno Chara will hype you up — 12:30 p.m.

It was a sunny, chilly New Year’s Day at Fenway Park and Zdeno Chara was feeling the buzz building on the Winter Classic.

“Wow!” Chara said, as a drone that sounded like a swarm of electrified killer bees floated through an open press box window, did a lap, and zipped away toward the field.

Chara seemed genuinely impressed, praising the skill of the pilot, who narrowly avoided scraping the heads of the typing reporters.

The recently retired Bruins legend was participating in an NHL video shoot involving a drone. Sitting in the second row of the press box — and having borrowed a reporter’s laptop, ostensibly for working-scribe authenticity — Chara was asked to say, “Welcome to Boston” to the flying camera. He only needed a few takes. — Matt Porter

Photos: Last time the Bruins played an outdoor game, in Lake Tahoe — 12:20 p.m.

The Bruins last played outdoors in 2021, when they took on the Flyers at a rink on the shore of Lake Tahoe in February.

Here’s a look at some of the stunning photos from the event. Oh, and the Bruins won.

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Photos: Bruins sport old-time unis while playing catch — 12:10 p.m.

Bruins players arrived at Fenway Park for the Winter Classic on Monday wearing classic Red Sox uniforms, and they spent part of the pregame hours playing catch.

It is customary for teams participating in the NHL’s annual outdoor game to make a fashion statement upon arrival. When the Bruins played in the Winter Classic at Notre Dame Stadium, they arrived in attire resembling that of the television program “Peaky Blinders,” and when they played in an outdoor game on the shores of Lake Tahoe, the Bruins chose retro skiing clothes that included flashy colors and designs from yesteryear.

The Bruins’ Red Sox uniforms featured three-quarter length baseball sleeves and stirrup-style baseball socks.

The Bruins said the uniforms were made by Custom Crafted, and they were Patrice Bergeron’s idea.

Linus Ullmark (left), Charlie McAvoy (center) and their Bruins teammates wore Red Sox uniforms.Kevin Paul Dupont/Globe Staff

Read more here.

An interesting twist about this game, and it involves ownership — 12:05 p.m.

Let’s see if we’ve got this right.

The owners (Fenway Sports Group) of the visiting team (the Pittsburgh Penguins) are based in a city (Boston) where they own the baseball team and stadium (Red Sox and Fenway Park) where an ice hockey game (the NHL’s Winter Classic) will be played Monday against a home team (the Bruins) owned by a New Yorker (Jeremy Jacobs) that’s not playing at home (TD Garden).

Someone at NHL scheduling headquarters majored in sports irony.

Read the rest of Michael Silverman’s story here.

Bruins vs. Penguins: a black-and-gold rivalry that spans decades — 12:00 p.m.

More than a half-century into their tussles, on and off the ice, the Bruins and Penguins meet again on Monday afternoon for the NHL’s Winter Classic, this time in that lyric little bandbox of a hockey rink that is Fenway Park.

The rivalry with the Penguins, though not as storied as that with, say, the Canadiens and Rangers, twice seriously changed the Bruins roster and altered the course of franchise history.

Read the rest of Kevin Paul Dupont’s story here.


Katie McInerney can be reached at katie.mcinerney@globe.com. Follow her @k8tmac. Follow Andrew Mahoney @GlobeMahoney.