Our ride home following the Winter Classic was a rather interesting one. We trudged through a blizzard in Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania. At several points on Interstate 90, we were slouching along at 20 miles per hour. Several cars had skidded off the highway last night.
Driving up to Buffalo took us four and a half hours. Driving back was almost a seven-hour affair.
In addition to all that fun, while filling up for gas just inside the Pennsylvania border, we found out our license plate fell/blew off somewhere along the way. So we have a feeling we'll be busy today trying to replace that. We had hoped to be editing some video we shot for the Post-Gazette's Web site. That might be delayed for a day in order to make Empty Netters One street legal.
Our personal problems aside, this was a spectacular event to attend. Even despite the lack of scoring and the constant stoppages the Winter Classic was a complete success for the NHL. It was a celebration of the sport and we were honored to be there.
Cynics will say that this was a gimmick or that it was cheap thrill. It wasn't. It was entertaining. And isn't that what sports are supposed to be?
EMPTY NETTER ASSISTS
-There were a ton of Penguins fan up there.
-Colby Armstrong won't be putting anything for sale on eBay anytime soon.
-Kevin Schultz at AOL found the AMP Energy Drink Commercial with former Penguins goaltender Jean-Sebastien Aubin.
-The choice of Aubin for this ad is still stunning to us.
-Bob Smizik says this should be a yearly event.
-Someone posted CBC's entire pregame presentation:
-What is Jarkko Ruutu's future with the Penguins?
-Shootout goals by Tomas Kaberle and Mats Sundin lifted the Maple Leafs to a 4-3 win against Tampa Bay.
-Mike Green had two goals and an assist for the Capitals in a 6-3 win against the Senators.
-Ladislav Nagy and Alexander Frolov each racked up five points for the Kings in a 9-2 rout of the Blackhawks.