The 2016 NHL Winter Classic was a regular season outdoor National Hockey League (NHL) game, that was held on January 1, 2016.
A Bruins and Canadiens alumni game was also played on December 31, 2015.
The Boston Pride women's professional hockey team played before the alumni game against Les Canadiennes of the Canadian Women's Hockey League to a 1–1 tie in the first ever 2016 Outdoor Women's Classic (officially the Outdoor Women's Classic presented by Scotiabank).
The Bruins made their second appearance in the Winter Classic as they played against the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2010 NHL Winter Classic held in Boston's Fenway Park; Massachusetts became the first market to serve as repeat host of the Winter Classic.
Early reports dating back to December of 2014 by TSN's Bob McKenzie indicated that Boston was the league's first choice in hosting the game.
To accommodate the event, Gillette Stadium's primary tenant, the New England Patriots played the last two games of their 2015 season on the road.
The Bruins introduced a new third jersey for the game and it featured the team's original logo, as virtually a re-creation of their inaugural 1924-25 NHL season brown/gold sweaters worn while playing their home games in the still-standing and active, 1910-opened Boston Arena.
This was the first Winter Classic appearance and third outdoor game for the Canadiens; the team previously played in the 2003 NHL Heritage Classic against the hosting Edmonton Oilers and the 2011 NHL Heritage Classic against the hosting Calgary Flames. The team also played in a new third jersey and used a logo from the 1920s.
The two teams are long-time rivals.
As of the end of the 2014–15 NHL season, the two teams have played each other 729 times during the regular season, 177 times during the playoffs (including nine game sevens).
The two teams also held a special alumni game between the two teams, on December 31, 2015 at Gillette Stadium.
In the most lopsided score in the Winter Classic, four Montreal players combined to score five goals en route to a 5–1 victory against Boston.
In his first game since suffering a hand injury on November 22, 2014, Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher recorded a goal and an assist.
Goalie Mike Condon made 27 saves for Montreal. Matt Beleskey scored the Bruins' only goal.
|1st||MTL||David Desharnais (8)||Dale Weise (9) and Alexei Emelin (3)||01:14||1–0 MTL|
|2nd||MTL||Paul Byron (6)||Brian Flynn (6) and Mark Barberio (1)||02:00||2–0 MTL|
|MTL||Brendan Gallagher (10)||Max Pacioretty (15) and Tomas Plekanec (21)||17:20||3–0 MTL|
|3rd||BOS||Matt Beleskey (8)||Adam McQuaid (6) and Ryan Spooner (17)||03:54||3–1 MTL|
|MTL||Max Pacioretty (16)||Brendan Gallagher (11) and Tomas Plekanec (22)||08:49||4–1 MTL|
|MTL||Paul Byron (7)||P.K. Subban (26) and Nathan Beaulieu (10)||18:28||5–1 MTL|
|MTL||David Desharnais||Roughing (double minor)||08:42||4:00|
|BOS||Torey Krug||Roughing (double minor)||08:44||4:00|
|BOS||Adam McQuaid||Delay of game||18:29||2:00|
|MTL||Tomas Plekanec||Delay of game||19:30||2:00|
|MTL||Lars Eller||Roughing (double minor)||18:18||4:00|
|BOS||Jimmy Hayes||Roughing (double minor)||18:18||2:00|
|Shots by period|
- Power play opportunities
- Three star selections
|1st||MTL||Brendan Gallagher||1 Goal, 1 Assist|
|2nd||MTL||Mike Condon||27 Saves|
|3rd||BOS||Matt Beleskey||1 Goal|
In Canada, it was the second consecutive Winter Classic to be televised under the Rogers Media contract, but for the first time the English-language broadcast was shown on Sportsnet instead of on CBC Television and the Hockey Night in Canada banner.
For the second consecutive time, the game was broadcast in French on TVA Sports (with commentators Félix Séguin & Patrick Lalime and reporter Renaud Lavoie) as part of TVA's sub-licensing agreement with Rogers.