NHL Winter Classic: Penguins Play Through Wet Conditions, Lose 3-1

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Pens And Caps Alumni Tie 5-5

In a game that conjured memories of the days of old, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals alumni players skated to an even 5-5 tie.

Mario Lemieux skated for the Penguins and showed off some excellent hands in making a few good dishes. Lemieux tallied a couple of assists. Ron Francis also had a multi-point effort.

Paul Coffey, even in advanced age, showed off the magnificent skating ability that made him the NHL’s premiere offensive defenseman in his day.

A star who stole the show for Pittsburgh was Jay Caufield. Now famous for being a television commentator, Caufield was mainly a fighter in his day. In fact, in 208 career NHL games, Caufield only tallied 5 goals. Today he scored a big goal late in the game on a slapshot. Not to only contribute at one end of the ice, Caufield laid out to block a shot in his defensive zone. Truly an admirable effort from the big guy.

In the end though, the Caps Peter Bondra, a tremendous goal scorer in his own right, stepped into a slapper to tie the game and that’s how it ended. With the crowd clamoring to “let them play” it was decided that would not happen – as the ice needed to be cleaned and readied for a practice for the current day Penguins as they prepare to meet the Washington Capitals in tomorrow’s main event.

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