Winter Classic: VIDEO: James van Riemsdyk hits airborne puck in net

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The third time was the charm for James van Riemsdyk, as in his third Winter Classic.

The Maple Leafs forward took part in two of the NHL's annual outdoor games when he was a member of the Philadelphia Flyers but was never able to deliver in the those two games. He was in his third.

In the second period JVR had a few excellent looks as the game opened up a touch. He was robbed on the doorstep by Jimmy Howard on one attempt, left alone on the back side. The trick was getting the puck off the ice ... by knocking it in with a baseball swing out of mid-air to tie the game at 1-1 just prior to the second intermission.

The goal was technically an even-strength tally from Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf, but it might as well have been on the power play as it came in just as a penalty to Detroit's Jakub Kindl came to an end.

The skill of these players never ceases to impress.

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