Sharp's hat trick lifts Blackhawks over Devils
Sidney Crosby scored his 23d goal of the season as the host Pittsburgh Penguins ripped the New York Rangers, 5-2.
The Winter Classic matched the highest TV rating for a regular-season NHL game in 39 years. The Toronto Maple Leafs' 3-2 shootout win over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday earned a 2.5 rating, which NBC said tied the 2009 New Year's Day game between Detroit and the Chicago Blackhawks at Wrigley Field.
- Associated Press