January 1, 2021

Winter Classic Flashback: Relive the excitement of JT Miller’s OT thriller in 2018

2018 Winter Classic – Getty Images

Today is January 1st and that usually means we are all pumped and ready to watch the NHL Winter Classic. Unfortunately, we are all still dealing with the ramification of the Pandemic with hope for normalcy inching closer.

Let’s take a stroll down memory lane and relive some of the excitement of the Rangers OT win over the Sabres at the 2018 Winter Classic.

Rangers light up NY in 2018 Winter Classic

The hero was JT Miller with just 2:17 left on the clock before he potted the OT game winner. As soon as it went it, the literal pyrotechnics started as the Rangers up and coming forward was mobbed by teammates.

“I mean, that’s a pretty surreal moment, really special,” Miller said afterwards. “I can share it with my family and friends. In front of 40,000 people, that’s something you can only dream about…It was a blast. It was everything obviously I hoped it would be.”

Winter Classic
JT Miller OT here (Getty Images)

In net, the incomparable Henrik Lundqvist raised his arms and his record, along with the Rangers to 4-0 in outdoor contests. The undefeated streak started in 2012 against the Philadelphia Flyers in one of Hank’s greatest performances. He finished the day with 31 stops on 33 shots.

The Rangers almost blew the game after Paul Carey and Michael Grabner propelled them to a 2-0 lead in the first. They were saved by a PP in OT that led to the winner. Blueshirts defenseman, Kevin Shattenkirk applauded Miller’s efforts saying, “[Miller’s] ability to stay with it and have the presence of mind to find that rebound was a great play by him.”

Watch the 2018 Winter Classic Highlights

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