BOSTON -- Danny Syvret made certain his first NHL goal was a famous one.
Playing in his 44th NHL game, the former London Knight scored the Philadelphia Flyers' only goal in a 2-1 overtime loss in the 2010 Winter Classic.
The goal just happened to come in front of a huge crowd of 38,112 at Fenway Park, not to mention national television audiences in Canada and the U.S.
"I was sort of shocked when it went in because of all of my attempts on net, I didn't think that would have been the one that would have went in," Syvret said. "I was just hoping to get it on net and then go for a rebound because there were a lot of bodies out there.
"I rested (the puck) and threw it on net and (Bruins goaltender Tim) Thomas was battling with Hartsie (Scott Hartnell) in front of the net trying to clear him. I was expecting a shot on net, but it found its way in.
"That was good for me."
It was a beautiful day for a Brawl Game, and Dan Carcillo was more than happy to oblige.
First the Flyers pugilist dropped the gloves with Boston's Shawn Thornton in the first period.
Then he dropped Thornton.
It was the first fight in the three-year history of the Winter Classic, one the two combatants figured might happen.
"We were looking at each other in warmup and smiling -- we were going to do it," Carcillo said. "Why not? Maybe he's not the guy for my first choice on my list. He's a pretty honest fighter.
"I got a pretty good grip on his right. He tried switching up and we started throwing. I hit him with a pretty good one."
As he went to the penalty box, Carcillo raised his arms to the Fenway fans with a gesture he calls "rock 'n' roll." He repeated it as he disappeared into the visitors' dugout at the end of the first period.