Unlike last year, when I was lucky enough to join the throng at Ralph in Buffalo, this New Year's Day I'm parked on my couch watching the Winter Classic, and it's a great day for hockey.
I'm having a heck of a time adding comments over at NHL Fanhouse, who are running a liveblog of the event.
Check it out here!
It's already a better game, hockey-wise, than last year, here's a few thoughts:
-Conklin doesn't look strong. The wrap-around goal was soft and I've questioned his positioning.
-The pacing is fun to watch, lots of back and forth.
-Whoever was supposed to be covering Havlat on his goal F'd up. That was a missed assignment, plain and simple.
-Scrappy. I love the hits and the scrums. I'd love to see some Winter Classic fisticuffs.
-This is the first time Chris Chelios has back to Wrigley since he saw the Cubs win the World Series.
I'll try to write a little recap after each period here as well.
Second period is about to start.
Happy New Year!