Leafs beat Wings in snowy Winter Classic

Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk gets tied up by Red Wings' Danny Dekeyser during the NHL's...

Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk gets tied up by Red Wings' Danny Dekeyser during the NHL's Winter Classic in Ann Arbor Mich., on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. (Jack Boland/QMI Agency)

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:02 PM ET

ANN ARBOR, MICH. - Emerging from the famous tunnel at The Big House to 105,000-plus souls in a swirling snow globe, Joffrey Lupul spotted a sign.

‘This Is History’.

And the Maple Leafs will go in the book as the team that won the 2014 Winter Classic before, unofficially, the largest ever crowd for a hockey game.

“A moment we’ll all remember forever,” said Lupul, who had a shootout goal in the 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. “It’s cool to know you were part of the biggest one ever. As far as the game goes ... that was pretty rough with all the snow.”


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