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NHL Winter Classic 2012: Rangers Vs. Flyers Draws Event's Lowest TV Rating Ever

The 2012 NHL Winter Classic was a tightly-contested game between the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers that wasn't decided until the final horn. Sadly, relatively few people watched.

The game drew the lowest television rating (2.4) for a Winter Classic game in the first five years of the event. The most-watched game was a 2009 meeting between the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings that drew a 2.9 rating. Last year's game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals had a 2.8 rating.

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Those who did tune in on Monday were treated to a heck of a game. The Rangers scored two third-period goals to grab a 3-2 lead, then held on despite two crucial penalties down the stretch, including one that allowed Danny Briere to shoot a penalty shot with 19.6 seconds left. Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist turned the penalty shot away, allowing the Rangers to skate off with the victory.

See SBNation Philly's StoryStream for complete Winter Classic coverage. You can visit Broad Street Hockey for the Flyers perspective. For the Rangers, check out Blueshirt Banter for the Rangers perspective.