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Orr hit with fans at Fenway

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 11:23 AM ET

Has there been a better moment at the Winter Classic than Bobby Orr skating out onto the ice in front of the crowd at Fenway Park

That was the scene New Year's Day in Boston.

But what about the rest of the calls made by organizers of the annual event, which was won 2-1 in overtime by the Boston Bruins over the Philadelphia Flyers?

What, all of a sudden Rene Rancourt wasn't good enough to sing the national anthem before a Bruins game in Beantown?

Sleepy James Taylor instead? Hey, NHL, 1970 called. Even it thought it was a strange choice.

How about the view from the blimp during play? Stick to golf.

REVELATIONS

My early pick for coach of the year is Colorado Avalanche rookie Joe Sacco, who made D John-Michael Liles a healthy scratch Wednesday in Ottawa. "Easy decisions are to scratch fourth-liners and your fifth and sixth defencemen," Sacco said. "At the end of the day, you can't take the easy way out." Decisions like that make players notice and make them accountable ... Not much has been said about parting of the ways between the Vancouver Canucks and D Mathieu Schneider publicly, but it has been nasty. He moped, apparently, about being a healthy scratch. Not even a long-term injury to D Kevin Bieksa will bring him back in the fold. If that's it for Schneider, it's not a good way to go out ... Things are getting a little tense in Detroit. G Chris Osgood is not happy about playing just six of the last 25 games. Coach Mike Babcock said Osgood has to work hard and make the most of his next opportunity. "I know how to do that," Osgood said. "I don't think I have to prove that. I know how to play, I just have to play -- that's all there is to it. You have to get into some games and get into a groove, and then I can play like I can. But if you don't play, it's impossible to get to that point. I'm a goalie, OK? And I've been playing for 20-some years since junior. What I say (about goaltending) is closer to the facts than what (Babcock) would say."

JUST WONDERING

The Rock as a former hockey player-turned-tooth fairy in a movie? Hockey players are about losing teeth, not finding them ... Does it bother you as much as it does me to hear any Canadian refer to it as 'ice hockey?' Your citizenship should be revoked if you refer to it as such ... Another peeve: When anybody says about two teams: "They don't like each other," like was said during Friday's Winter Classic. What teams do?

PARTING SHOT

"He just plays stupid sometimes." Kings D Sean O'Donnell on Flames D Dion Phaneuf after he slammed the head of Kings star Anze Kopitar into the glass Wednesday.

CHRIS.STEVENSON@SUNMEDIA.CA


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