The Penguins beat the Flyers 4-2 Saturday night at Heinz Field in front of 67,318 fans. Sidney Crosby scored! Matt Murray made 36 saves! There were actual penguins on the ice! It was quite an event.
Here are some of the sights and sounds from the big night at Heinz Field.
Heinz Field was again set up fantastically for a hockey game. The Stadium Series always plays better in a football stadium than a baseball venue, where the shape of the field makes some of the fans really far from the ice. This looked cool … for a game every few years.
The team introductions were pretty awesome, and somehow less awkward than most of these, “Hey, we have to walk 50 yards on our skates just to get to the ice” introductions are. (Why not just make the paths to the ice also made of ice?)
There was much love from, and for, the Steelers all night.
Even Antonio Brown got some time on the mic. Reports after the intro indicate the Penguins are seeking a less selfish emcee. (Did he Facebook his appearance? No?!?!?)
That’s a big flag for a hockey game. Or any game. That’s just a big flag.
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For all the talk of soupy ice with the warm temperatures, it was certainly cold at game time.
For the most part, the conditions were good enough for the fans to enjoy the festivities.
This guy here seemed to enjoy the night, too.
There were times where the game got chippy. Even the referees got involved.
Wait. We buried the lede. Why was Train there? Train? Is this 2001? Train?!?
Even the Penguins were embarrassed.
These penguins weren’t embarrassed. Well, about Train they probably were. But otherwise, they were adorable.
Watch the first step. It’s a doozy.
As for the game, the Penguins were the better team, getting out to a 2-0 lead before the teams traded goals. Then the Flyers battled back to make it 3-2, but a fourth goal for the Pens sealed the deal and made the home fans happy.
Well, those who stuck around for the end of the game, at least.
It was cold, and the game was over, but that’s a lot of yellow at the end of the game. Flyers fans made sure to point that out on social media.
To which Penguins fans yelled, “Scoreboard!”
The fans may still hate each other, but at least the teams showed some proper outdoor hockey respect.
Only one team left smiling though.