Weekly Feature



2008-01-02 / Sports

Winter Classic unites Buffalo


Buffalo's Jaroslav Spacek darts around Pittsburgh goaltender Ty Conklin during the NHL Winter Classic played outdoors at Ralph Wilson Stadium on New Year's Day. Sidney Crosby, inset, scored the winning goal. Buffalo's Jaroslav Spacek darts around Pittsburgh goaltender Ty Conklin during the NHL Winter Classic played outdoors at Ralph Wilson Stadium on New Year's Day. Sidney Crosby, inset, scored the winning goal. Members of Nik and the Nice Guys donned opposing jerseys for the pregame party outside Ralph Wilson Stadium. Members of Nik and the Nice Guys donned opposing jerseys for the pregame party outside Ralph Wilson Stadium. Derek Roy waits for the puck to be dropped. Both teams wore their retro jerseys for the game. Derek Roy waits for the puck to be dropped. Both teams wore their retro jerseys for the game. Refrigeration pipes were installed beneath a wooden platform as part of the seven-day effort to create a hockey rink at "The Ralph." Refrigeration pipes were installed beneath a wooden platform as part of the seven-day effort to create a hockey rink at "The Ralph." Military personnel unfurled massive Canadian and United States flags prior to the Winter Classic. Famed Irish tenor Ronan Tynan is visible singing "God Bless America" on the video screen atop the stadium scoreboard. Military personnel unfurled massive Canadian and United States flags prior to the Winter Classic. Famed Irish tenor Ronan Tynan is visible singing "God Bless America" on the video screen atop the stadium scoreboard. Ryan Miller made 24 saves in the 2-1 shootout loss to Pittsburgh in front of 71,217 fans. Ryan Miller made 24 saves in the 2-1 shootout loss to Pittsburgh in front of 71,217 fans.

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