Saturday, December 31, 2011
The scoring started fittingly enough with an Eric Lindros pass to John LeClair for a goal. Their line, along with Mark Recchi, looked like they were ready to take the ice for the Flyers in the real Winter Classic game and were a treat to watch, especially for a fan like me that grew up loving the Legion of Doom line. Lindros especially looked like his old dominant self and was more than welcomed home by Flyers fans with a huge ovation before the game.
The other great moment of the game was seeing Bernie Parent in goal for the first few minutes. While he wasn't pretty in the net, he did make a save and looked great in Flyers orange. The ovation he got before the game was fittingly second only to the cheers for Lindros.
Now we wait two days for the real Winter Classic game, which has a lot to live up to after the Alumni Game. While the hockey will certainly be better, the star power and sheer entertainment of the Alumni Game will be impossible to beat.
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