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Winter Classic is more than a game

Updated: January 3, 2012, 2:07 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

PHILADELPHIA -- It is perhaps a measure of the success of the NHL's Winter Classic that the game itself -- in this case a dramatic 3-2 comeback victory by the New York Rangers over the host Philadelphia Flyers in front of 46,967 fans -- no longer defines the event.

A year after being forced by rain to move the game in Pittsburgh from an early-afternoon start to prime time, the league slightly altered the start time Monday and was rewarded with near-perfect conditions as cloud cover eliminated ...

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