Washington’s Winter Classic comes to life in photos

Hockey lends itself to some breathtaking photos, but few are better than those provided by the Winter Classic. This season’s game was no different, as the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals battled to a furious finish.

As a game, hockey lends itself to some brilliant photos and spectacular moments, but the beauty of the game is amplified when it gets taken outdoors. The 2015 Winter Classic was an outstanding battle between Chicago and Washington, two of the league’s best teams, and some of the league’s finest stars. The Capitals took home a 3-2 victory on a last-minute goal by Troy Brouwer, and the elation shown by Brouwer’s teammates was a moment that was meant to be captured. This is the 2015 Winter Classic in photos:

Before the game began, and throughout the first period, Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner wore a pair of sunglasses to cut through the glare coming from the ice. There’s no doubt the image will be one of the things that stands out about this season’s Winter Classic:
Alzner Glasses (Rob Carr/Getty Images) The opening faceoff of the 2015 Winter Classic:
(Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images) (Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images) In the first period, Washington’s Eric Fehr made a nice move on Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford, sliding the puck into an empty cage for a 1-0 lead:
Fehr Goal netcam (Brian Babineau/Getty Images) The backdrop of the goal was a miniature version of the Capitol Building, which made for this fantastic photo:
Fehr Monument goal (Dave Sanford/Getty Images) With the Capitals up 2-0 after an Alex Ovechkin goal added to the lead, Blackhawks winger Patrick Sharp scored on a shot from the blueline on the power play:
Patrick Sharp goal (Brian Babineau/Getty Images) And early in the first period, Brandon Saad tied the game thanks to a funny bounce and two nice passes from Marian Hossa and Jonathan Toews:
Saad Goal (Dave Sanford/Getty Images) With time winding down, Troy Brouwer scored the Winter Classic clinching goal with a delayed penalty and the Capitals already up a man:
Brouwer Goal (Patrick McDermott/Getty Images) Some lucky fans could feel it the entire time, as the Brouwer Rangers were out to cheer on the eventual game-winning goal scorer:
WC Crowd (Rob Carr/Getty Images) After picking up a 3-2 victory, the Washington Capitals salute their fans following the 2015 Winter Classic:
Capitals salute fans (Bill Smith/Getty Images)

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