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Classic finish leads to Olympic announcement

For 40 minutes, I thought today's Winter Classic in Fenway Park was a pretty nondescript affair. But it heated up in the third period and the Boston Bruins eventually beat the Philadelphia Flyers in overtime, 2-1. Boston won it on Marco Sturm's goal at 1:57 of OT after tying it on Mark Recchi's power-play goal with 2:18 left in regulation.

Just before the game-winning goal, the Flyers had a couple good chances to score but Boston goalie Tim Thomas held off ex-Sabre Daniel Briere.

The ice seemed decent and the weather was cold but snow-free. Great setting overall. Neat to see "Buffalo" atop the Northeast Division standings on the Green Monster, the spot where the AL East standings are put during baseball season.

After the game, Ryan Miller got his expected nod on the U.S. Olympic team and was joined by WNY natives Patrick Kane and Brooks Orpik. Sabres forward Paul Gaustad was not chosen.

In case you haven't already done so, be sure to check out our special decade-in-review package written by John Vogl. And we havea great photo gallery of the decade's top moments on the site as well.

Be sure to join me later this evening for tonight's Sabres-Thrashers live blog. For now, here's your spot to chat up all things Winter Classic and the Olympics. What did you think of the game and the choices for the U.S. team?

---Mike Harrington



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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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