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The 2016 NHL Winter Classic was a regular season outdoor National Hockey League (NHL) game, that was held on January 1, 2016.

The game saw the Montreal Canadiens defeat the Boston Bruins, 5–1, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, a significant event in one of the NHL's best-known rivalries.

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).

Teams[edit | edit source]

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.

Game Summary[edit | edit source]

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.

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
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
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st BOS Max Talbot Hi-sticking 05:20 2:00
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
2nd BOS Kevan Miller Cross-checking 02:51 2:00
MTL Lars Eller Holding 06:40 2:00
MTL Nathan Beaulieu Holding 10:41 2:00
MTL Tomas Plekanec Delay of game 19:30 2:00
3rd BOS Max Talbot Holding 09:24 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
Team 1 2 3 Total
Montreal 14 11 5 30
Boston 3 14 11 28
Power play opportunities
Montreal 0/4
Boston 0/3
Three star selections
Team Player Statistics
1st MTL Brendan Gallagher 1 Goal, 1 Assist
2nd MTL Mike Condon 27 Saves
3rd BOS Matt Beleskey 1 Goal

Television[edit | edit source]

The game was televised in the United States on NBC with commentators Mike Emrick, Eddie Olczyk and Pierre McGuire.

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.

Commentary was provided by Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson and Glenn Healy.

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.

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