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NHL winter wonderland sets bumper attendance record

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Records tumbled to match low temperatures in a record-breaking NHL clash on New Years Day as the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings contested the sixth annual Winter Classic, seen by 105,591 fans to set a new attendance record at Michigan Stadium.

The Winter Classic has become a modern-day institution for the NHL, providing a nostalgic throwback with a match played outdoors in frozen temperatures and difficult conditions.

Detroit and Toronto contested this year's version of the popular clash in temperatures edging close to freezing, light snow and strong winds, but still managed to serve up a match to remember.

Eventually a tight game was locked at 2-2 after overtime, resulting in a heart-pounding penalty shootout which saw successful efforts arrive at a premium.

Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier eventually proved the hero, saving two penalties before Tyler Bozak slammed home the winning strike for the visitors.

Toronto were unpopular winners on the day but the whole event served as proof that the NHL is capable of serving up showpiece occasions, setting a new record crowd at Michigan's famous Big House ground and adding more than 30,000 to the previous best attendance at a Winter Classic clash.

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