PHILADELPHIA—These are supposed to be the treasured memories of the NHL's Winter Classic: Star-crossed Brayden Schenn's first career goal. Mike Rupp's mocking Jagr salute after his first score. Henrik Lundqvist stoning a penalty shot for the game. But they're transient memories, already fading.
While the hockey game was a corker, the true lasting moments are more random and took place outside the confines of the game proper: Ilya Bryzgalov, discoursing on the universe and his "hot girl" dog. Mike Milbury, two weeks after this, playing hockey with some local kids in a game refereed by a man in a gecko costume. The back of commissioner Gary Bettman's head, nodding over and over again, in complete agreement with a virtual Bob Costas. Things like that.