Whether it is your prerogative or not that outdoor hockey games have lost their shine or aren’t what they once were, they are still a spectacle event and one that the National Hockey League puts on with great display.
Saturday afternoon and evening in Philadelphia, the Penguins and Flyers met outside at Lincoln Financial Field, as part of the previously agreed “home-and-home” segment of the Stadium Series, with Pittsburgh hosting their version of the game in 2017 at Heinz Field.
With potential bad weather on the horizon, the NHL’s plan for the day/night was touch-and-go with an update coming at noon, in which they announced that the plan was to play as scheduled at 8:00 p.m.
Fans around the parking lots showed up in the afternoon to tailgate and have a good time before heading into the stadium.
A great debate that always takes place when it comes to the Battle of Pennsylvania continues on.
As fans filed into the stadium and got ready for things to get started, a surprise visitor dropped in (literally).
A crowd of Philadelphia sports-related people showed up before the national anthem. Former Phillies player Jimmy Rollins, current Eagles player Jason Kelce, current 76ers Tobias Harris and Boban Marjanovic, and former Flyers great Bobby Clarke were among those in attendance.
Before the action got underway, an E-A-G-L-E-S chant broke out when Eagles head coach Doug Pederson made an appearance.
With all the pre-game festivities out of the way, it was time for action. At this point, the rain had pretty much held off longer than it was expected to.
After getting out to an early 1-0 lead, the Flyers battled back to tie it at 1-1.
Following that, Justin Schultz scored his first goal of the season, breaking the tie and putting the Penguins back on top.
The Penguins would add another goal, taking a 3-1 lead.
During a break in play, someone got into a little bit of trouble.
Despite the game clock winding down, the Flyers would battle their way back into the game, tying it and sending it to overtime.
Claude Giroux notched the game-winning goal and the Flyers sent their fans home happy, winning the first outdoor game for the team in it’s fourth attempt to do so.