FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Montreal Canadiens-Boston Bruins alumni game at the Winter Classic promised to be a little different from games past, mainly because the historical rivalry between these two Original Six teams is off the hook. Heck, the joke was that we might even see the gloves dropped.
Mix that intensity with the usual light-hearted approach to the alumni games and you've got ... what, exactly? An odd mix. Here are more oddities from the alumni game, which the Bruins won 5-4 after a shootout.
Hard heads: Helmets are supposed to be worn by all players at the alumni games. That applied to everyone on Thursday -- unless, of course, you're notorious tough guy Chris Nilan. In which case, you follow the pattern of your career and break the rules.
Ending a long drought: Mark Recchi, who played for both teams, scored in the game, his first goal since the Game 3 of the 2011 Stanley Cup finals, when he scored twice. OK, he retired that season after winning the Cup with the Boston Bruins, but still.
Should we call him "Sea Boss"?: Bruins president and "Dumb and Dumber" star Cam Neely was playing in his first game since the 2010 alumni game between the Bruins and the Philadelphia Flyers. The prez was no doubt happy with the turnstile attendance of 42,193, too.
Hats off to you: Canadiens goalie Jose Theodore re-created his outdoor look from November 2003, when he wore a toque for the Heritage Classic against the Edmonton Oilers. Theodore made a few big saves -- notably breakaway stops on Don Sweeney and Sergei Samsonov -- in his two periods of action. Theodore last played in the NHL for the Florida Panthers in 2012-13.
Tough knows no age limit in hockey: Former Bruins winger Jay Miller stopped a shot in the choppers, rattling some chiclets. He was bloodied but stayed in the game, seemingly no worse for the wear.
Hardware haul: OK, this is more impressive than weird, but the game had a veritable Hockey Hall of Fame collection of trophies: nine Norris Trophies (Ray Bourque 5, Larry Robinson 2, Brian Leetch 2), two Conn Smythes (Leetch, Robinson), two Vezinas (Theodore, Richard Sevigny), one Hart (Theodore), three Selkes (all by Guy Carbonneau) and one Lady Byng (Rick Middleton).