2023 Winter Classic live blog: Jake DeBrusk's two goals give Bruins 2-1 win originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
BOSTON -- The day has finally come.
The 2023 Winter Classic between the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins at the iconic Fenway Park is here.
The NHL's marquee outdoor event is back in Massachusetts for the third time. This will be the fourth Winter Classic appearance for the Bruins. They are 3-1 in these games, including an exciting overtime victory against the Philadelphia Flyers at the 2010 Winter Classic hosted by Fenway Park.
The Penguins are making their third Winter Classic appearance. They are 1-1 in the previous two, including a shootout victory over the Buffalo Sabres in the first ever Winter Classic in 2008. Penguins captain Sidney Crosby scored the game-winning shootout goal in what has become one of the most memorable Winter Classic moments.
Aside from the spectacle of this great event, there are two important points at stake. The Bruins own the league's best record at 28-4-4. The Penguins occupy the second wild card playoff spot in the Eastern Conference but have lost four straight games.
Keep it right here with our Winter Classic live blog for all of the highlights, analysis and updates from Fenway Park.
FINAL, 2-1 Bruins
The Bruins have won their third Winter Classic. It's also their second 2-1 comeback win in this event at Fenway Park, although unlike 2010, the B's didn't wait until overtime to score the winner.
Jake DeBrusk's two goals in the third period were the difference. Boston's record in outdoor games is now 4-1 (3-1 in the Winter Classic).
Third period, 17:36, 2-1 Bruins: The Bruins have their first lead of the game thanks to Jake DeBrusk. He has now scored both of Boston's goals, giving him five in the last six games (including today).
Third period, 15:00, 1-1: The attendance for the game is officially 39,243, which is a sellout.
Third period, 11:48, 1-1: Will history repeat itself at Fenway Park?
Third period, 7:46, 1-1: We have a tie game.
Jake DeBrusk scored from in front of the net just after the Bruins' power play expired to get the home team on the board. DeBrusk was banged up earlier in the play after blocking a shot but toughed it out and was rewarded. He now has six points (four goals, two assists) in his last six games.
Third period, 5:40, 1-0 Penguins: The Bruins are going on another power play. This is a huge chance for them to potentially tie the score. Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin was penalized for tripping.
Third period, 3:38, 1-0 Penguins: We're back to 5-on-5. The Bruins are a perfect 3-for-3 on the penalty kill so far.
Third period, 1:11, 1-0 Penguins: Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk was penalized for tripping, and the Penguins will go on the power play.
Third period, 0:01, 1-0 Penguins: The third period is underway!
Here are the top two lines for Boston to begin the period:
Second intermission, 1-0 Penguins: The Penguins lead the Winter Classic thanks to Kasperi Kapanen's goal. The Bruins also trailed 1-0 after two periods during the 2010 Winter Classic at Fenway Park.
Boston was outshot 12-7 in the second period and generated only three high-danger chances. We should expect to see some line shuffling by B's head coach Jim Montgomery in the third period.
One encouraging thing for the Bruins is they have been the best third-period team in the league this season. Boston has scored the second-most goals (52) and allowed the fewest (23) for a league-best plus-29 goal differential in the third period.
Second period, 19:00, 1-0 Penguins: Not a bad view late in the afternoon at Fenway Park.
Second period, 18:35, 1-0 Penguins: Only one puck has found its way into the stands so far, and this Penguins fan got it.
Second period, 14:03, 1-0 Penguins: The Bruins have generated just three high-danger chances (in all situations) through 34 minutes. The B's also have only three shots in this period so far.
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Second period, 8:40, 1-0 Penguins: Penguins forward Kasperi Kapanen has opened the scoring. Former Bruins winger Danton Heinen set up the goal with a nice pass after B's defenseman Connor Clifton lost control of the puck behind the net.
The Bruins have trailed 1-0 in three of their last four games, including today.
Second period, 7:00, 0-0: We're back to 5-on-5.
Second period, 4:38, 0-0: Bruins defenseman Hampus Lindholm has given the Penguins a power play. He was penalized for high sticking Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, who was drilled into the boards by Connor Clifton a few moments earlier.
Second period, 2:34, 0-0: We'll have 4-on-4 action for a bit as Bruins forward David Pastrnak is penalized for holding.
Second period, 2:24, 0-0: The Bruins are going back to the power play. Penguins defenseman Pierre-Olivier Joseph was penalized two minutes for interference. Boston is 0-for-1 on the power play so far.
Also, the Penguins have an EBUG (emergency backup goalie) in the dugout.
Second period, 1:20, 0-0: The Penguins have announced that starting goalie Tristan Jarry will not return to this game.
Second period, 0:01, 0-0: The second period is underway! Casey DeSmith remains in net for the Penguins. Jake DeBrusk was favoring his left arm after being slashed late in the first period, but he's also on the ice to begin the period.
First intermission, 0-0: The Penguins killed off the penalty and we're through 20 minutes at Fenway Park.
First period, 17:33, 0-0: The Bruins are going on their first power play of the game. Penguins forward Teddy Blueger was given a minor penalty for boarding.
First period, 15:30, 0-0: The Penguins are making a goalie change.
Tristan Jarry didn't seem to be moving well over the last couple minutes and he's now heading toward the Penguins locker room. Casey DeSmith has entered the game.
First period, 13:00, 0-0: Jake DeBrusk nearly scored for the Bruins but hit the post with his shot. Shortly after, Penguins forward Jake Guentzel skated in on a breakaway versus Linus Ullmark and his shot rang off the post. Two excellent scoring chances but we're still scoreless.
First period, 10:03, 0-0: Linus Ullmark has been tremendous for the Bruins in net with a couple huge saves so far. He has stopped all nine shots the Penguins have sent his way.
First period, 7:20, 0-0: Jake DeBrusk had a good scoring chance at the side of the net but the puck bounced right over his stick. Both teams are playing with tremendous pace so far. Shots on net are 5-3 Penguins.
First period, 0:01, 0-0: The puck has been dropped and the 2023 Winter Classic is underway!
2:30 p.m.: The first "puck pitch" was made by Bruins legend Bobby Orr, alongside Zdeno Chara, Johnny Bucyk, Jason Varitek and Tim Wakefield.
2:19 p.m.: Both teams are walking out to the benches. It's almost time for puck drop.
2 p.m.: Red Sox Nation isn't happy right now.
1:56 p.m.: Here's a funny pre-game moment with Brad Marchand and the TNT crew.
1:41 p.m.: The NHL has announced that the 2024 Winter Classic will be played in Seattle between the Kraken and Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Park.
1:37 p.m.: Both teams are on the ice for warmups.
1:32 p.m.: Fenway Park looks fantastic for this event.
1:26 p.m.: NHL legend Wayne Gretzky added his signature to Pesky Pole in right field.
1:22 p.m.: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang will not play today. He has returned to Montreal to be with his family.
12:50 p.m.: The weather for today's game is supposed to be around 50 degrees by the 2 p.m. puck drop. There is a very, very low chance of rain (one to three percent) and we should get plenty of cloud cover, which is ideal for this type of event and should make for good ice conditions.
12:40 p.m. ET: Both teams showed up in old time baseball uniforms.
The Red Sox wore classic Red Sox jerseys.
A bunch of Penguins players paid tribute to the 1925 Pittsburgh Pirates with these uniforms.
Who doesn't like a little baseball charm?