TheBruinsBlog.net looks back at the top 10 Bruins moments of calendar year 2010.
The most-anticipated Bruins regular-season game in decades was also the most unique in franchise history.
From the summertime announcement of the venue and the match-up, to the unveiling of the special uniforms in the fall, all the way through the practice day on Dec. 31, no one could wait to see what it would look like when the Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers met up on an ice rink in the middle of historic Fenway Park for the 2010 Winter Classic.
Had the Bruins lost, would the memories of that magical New Year’s Day been less momentous? Thankfully for the Bruins, they didn’t have to find out — as Patrice Bergeron fed Marco Sturm for the game-winning goal in overtime.
It was truly a brilliant all-around day for the Winter Classic, with frigid temperatures and an occasional snow flurry. Bobby Orr led the Bruins out onto the ice and met Bobby Clarke at center ice for a ceremonial puck-drop. Tim Thomas and Michael Leighton matched one another nearly save for save, but the Flyers held a 1-0 edge after two periods.
Finally, Mark Recchi tied the game with 2:18 remaining in regulation on the power play. And then in the extra session, Bergeron’s no-look pass found Sturm’s stick for the game-winner, which sent Fenway into the type of frenzy once only witnessed after home runs and third strikes.
The 2010 Winter Classic was not only a great moment of the ’10 calendar year, it was a great moment in all of Bruins history.