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NHL Outdoor Games

NHL Outdoor Games

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Published by Delco Times
A history of NHL's outdoor games
A history of NHL's outdoor games

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Published by: Delco Times on Nov 30, 2011
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Recent NHL Outdoor Games
The Calgary Flames hosted theMontreal Canadiens in the 2011 TimHortons NHL Heritage Classic atCalgary's McMahon Stadium. Afestive, sellout crowd of 41,022 bravedcold temperatures on a sunny winterafternoon to see the home town teamdefeat the Canadiens 4-0. ReneBourque scored twice for the Flames,who sported retro maroon and yellowuniforms, and goalie Miikka Kiprusoffmade 39 saves to secure the shutout.The 2011 Tim Hortons NHL HeritageClassic marked the first regular-season NHL game contested outdoorsin Canada since 2003.The 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classicwas the most-viewed NHL regular seasongame in 36 years with an average of 4.5million watching in primetime as theWashington Capitals defeated the hostPittsburgh Penguins in front of more than68,000 at sold out Heinz Field. The game,originally scheduled for the afternoon, wasplayed at night under the bright lights ofHeinz Field after a storm brought rain andforced the delayed start time.After a scoreless first period, Evgeni Malkingot the party rolling at the 2:13 into the
2011 Tim Hortons NHLHeritage Classic
McMahon Stadium - Calgary, AlbertaFebruary 20, 2011Montreal Canadiens vs. Calgary FlamesAttendance: 41,022
Entertainment Performances by: 
Paul Brandt - Canadian National AnthemThompson Square - United States National AnthemAllegiance Elite - Pre-GameTokyo Police Club - First Intermission
2011 BridgestoneNHL Winter Classic
Heinz Field
Pittsburgh, PAJanuary 1, 2011Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh PenguinsAttendance: 68,111
Entertainment Performances by: 
Jackie Evancho
United States National AnthemSteven Page
Canadian National AnthemHinder
Pre-GameThe Clarks
First Intermission
second period when he scored the game-opening goal with a sweet breakaway. But the hometeam's lead lasted just 4:41, as forward Mike Knuble scored. At 14:45, Eric Fehr put Washingtoninto the lead. Washington skated away with a 3-1 victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins.The January 1
game brought
together two of the League’s star 
players, pinned against one another,and provided an unforgettableexperience to both.The 2011 Bridgestone NHL WinterClassic also brought to life an HBOspecial entitled 24/7Penguins/Capitals: Road to the NHLWinter Classic which earned a SportsEmmy Award for outstanding editedsports special.The 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic
turned out to be the equivalent of a walk-off grandslam over the Green Monster at famed Fenway Park
,” according to
the post-game coverage onNHL.com. After a magical day at Fenway Park,the third installment of the Bridgestone NHLWinter Classic firmly established the event as anational sports property. Demand for ticketsexceeded 307,000 and 38,112 attended thegame."The experience is once-in-a-lifetime," said Flyers coach Peter Laviolette. "FenwayPark. Bruins. Flyers. Forty-thousand people on a perfect day. You couldn't ask for anythingbetter for the game of hockey.
Marco Sturm's goal at the 1:57 mark of overtime capped afurious rally by the Boston Bruins, who defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 2-1.The Flyers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second period when Danny Syvret scored hisfirst NHL goal. The Bruins tied it up in dramatic fashion when Mark Recchi scored during apowerplay late in the third period.
Bridgestone 2010NHL Winter Classic
Fenway Park
Boston, MAJanuary 1, 2010Philadelphia Flyers vs
Boston BruinsAttendance: 38,112
Entertainment Performances by: 
James Taylor
United States National AnthemDaniel Powter
Canadian National AnthemDropkick Murphys
 Shawn Thornton fought Dan Carcillo 12 minutes into the first period as the twocombatants became the first players to receive fighting majors in the three-year history of theWinter Classic.Historic Wrigley Field hosted the BridgestoneNHL Winter Classic on January 1, 2009. The40,818 fans packing the ballpark and thethousands more on rooftops across the streetenjoyed a fast-paced game played in comfortable32-degree weather. The defending Stanley Cupchampion Detroit Red Wings faced an early 3-1deficit, but scored five unanswered goals to rallyand defeat the hometown Chicago Blackhawks 6-4. Red Wings center Jiri Hudler scored two goalsand goaltender Ty Conklin, starting his thirdregular-season outdoor NHL game, made 43
saves in Detroit’s victory. Despite hi
team’s loss, Blackhawks right w
ing Patrick Kane relishedthe experience of playing in an outdoor game. "It's probably a once-in-a-lifetime thing for someof us, and I definitely cherished it," Kane said. "If I could ever play in a game like that again I'ddefinitely love to. It was really cool being out there."
Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic
Wrigley Field - Chicago, IllinoisJanuary 1, 2009Detroit Red Wings vs. Chicago BlackhawksAttendance: 40,818
Entertainment Performances by: 
Jim Cornelison
United States National AnthemScotty Newlands
Canadian National Anthem
Northwestern Univ. “Wildcat” Marching Band –
First Intermission
Northern Illinois Univ. “Huskie” Marching Band –
Second Intermission
Ceremonial Puck-Drop by: 
Bobby Hull and Ted Lindsay

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