Washington Capitals Win 2015 NHL Winter Classic


Troy Brouwer’s late-game heroics propelled the Washington Capitals to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2015 NHL Winter Classic. With just 13 seconds left in the third period, Brouwer scored the decisive goal, securing the win for his team.

The game-winning goal came on the power play after officials called Chicago captain Jonathan Toews for a controversial hooking penalty. Toews voiced his displeasure as he exited the penalty box. The officiating faced criticism throughout the game, not only from the Blackhawks but also from the Capitals, including head coach Barry Trotz.

Eric Fehr, Alex Ovechkin, Patrick Sharp, and Brandon Saad also scored in this thrilling matchup. Fehr’s goal set a record, making him the all-time leading goal scorer in NHL outdoor games, with three outdoor goals.

Photo Source: Amanda Bowen of RRBG Photography.

A Historic Outdoor Game

This outdoor game set many firsts that will be a part of hockey trivia for years. The Washington Capitals became the first team to win their second Winter Classic. Their win also marked the first time a home team won an outdoor game in regulation. Brouwer’s last-minute goal marked the first time in NHL outdoor history that the game-winner was scored in the final minute of regulation.

For the first time, the sun played a prominent role in a Winter Classic game. The glare threatened to delay the start, but the game proceeded as scheduled. In past Winter Classics, cold weather, clouds, and snow were common. This time, the atmosphere was much different.

“I’m pretty sure everybody will remember this moment for a long time,” Ovechkin said. “It’s a great feeling. It’s going to be in our memories.”

Here’s a hyped-up Ovechkin soaring by the bench with his arms in the air following Brouwer’s goal.

Alex Ovechkin celebration following Brouwer goal in Winter Classic

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