You might have noticed the Washington Capitals–New York Rangers game looked a little different. Was that Cricket Green playing for the Rangers?
Tuesday’s game was a first-of-its-kind production: A live hockey game rendered into an animated series in real-time and virtually recreated the action on the ice at Madison Square Garden. It featured characters from the Disney animated series “Big City Greens,” which debuted in 2018.
Mika Zibanejad opened the scoring and New York never looked back as the Rangers won the game, 5-3.
Here are some of the top moments from the broadcast:
Another look at Patrick Kane‘s welcome to the Big City
Patrick Kane’s first goal at MSG (and Big City Greens) as a Ranger was a RIPPER ☄️ pic.twitter.com/f1SX5TrXGe
— ESPN (@espn) March 15, 2023
Greatest in-game interview of all-time?
Chicken referee gives an in-game interview
The chicken referee talks about how the Capitals-Rangers game has gone.
Matt Irwin scores on Gramma Green for the Capitals
Matt Irwin beats Rangers goalie Gramma Green to trim the Capitals’ deficit.
Inside the Wayne Gretzky chase
No Alex Ovechkin tonight, but the Big City Greens Classic is trying to educate the young’uns about the Wayne Gretzky goals record chase. @Capitals #NHL pic.twitter.com/dSg3UtHDk3
— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) March 15, 2023
One for the fans
“Big City Greens” fans love this Patrick Kane goal
Times Circle is abuzz after Patrick Kane puts the Rangers up two goals.
Nicolas Aube-Kubel’s goal gets the “Big City Greens” treatment
Check out Nicolas Aube-Kubel’s equalizer at the Big City Greens Classic.
Penalty box views
Vasquez patrols the penalty box during Big City Greens Classic
The “Big City Greens” very own Vasquez monitors the sin bin after Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom commits a penalty.
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