Biggest Winter Classic proves NHL has winning formula

Thursday January 2nd, 2014
A record crowd battled traffic, freezing temperatures and lots of snow ... and loved every minute of it.
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This was not a great hockey game. Snow prevented that. Detroit's Brendan Smith said "Sometimes you're skating with the puck and then the puck was behind you, because it hit a pile of snow or something. You get to see how good Pavel Datsyuk is because it almost didn't affect him." Datsyuk, though, told Babcock a few minutes into the game that everybody was being cautious because they were so scared of losing the puck.

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