Tomorrow, the current Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs will face off in the 2014 Winter Classic, but as part of today’s preview, some of the greatest players from each franchise got together to enjoy a game of outdoor hockey.
With a reported attendance of 33,425 braving the cold, the Detroit Red Wings alumni earned a 6-5 shootout victory. Those people rose to their feet to give their former captain Steve Yzerman, now the general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning, a standing ovation as he was introduced:
After that, former Detroit Red Wings teammates and Hall of Famers Gordie Howe and Ted Lindsay got things underway with the dropping of the puck:
The Russian Five also posed for a picture, including Vladimir Konstantinov, whose career was tragically cut short when he was involved in a car accident in 1997 after the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup:
Chris Chelios played in 1,651 regular season games, another 266 in the playoffs, and won the Stanley Cup three times, but the 51-year-old defenseman clearly still can have fun when he gets on the ice. As you can see, he decided to partake in a fun little goal celebration:
If that had occurred in an NHL game, that might have been the subject of a controversy, but it’s Chelios playing alongside his fellow hockey legends, so he’ll get a pass.
’14 Winter Classic: Scenes from the Big House
The Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins are going to take their rivalry outside on Saturday.
The Flyers visit the Penguins in a Stadium Series clash at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, beginning at 8 p.m. ET. You can catch the action on NBC or online with the NBC Sports Live Extra.
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Here are some links to check out for tonight’s game:
Goalie nods: Murray, Neuvirth get the call at Heinz Field
Kris Letang won’t play in outdoor game; Schultz game-time decision
NHL On NBC: Penguins, Flyers meet in Stadium Series
Giroux: ‘It’s all business’ between Penguins and Flyers at Heinz Field
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Arizona Coyotes have made a minor league trade.
The Bolts on Saturday acquired right winger Stefan Fournier from the Coyotes in exchange for right winger Jeremy Morin, who has played 82 career NHL games between the Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets.
Fournier stands six-foot-three-inches tall and 226 pounds. He has two goals and four points in 29 games with the Tuscon Roadrunners in the AHL.
Morin, who has spent the majority of his pro career in the Blackhawks organization, has been a productive minor league player over the years. He has nine goals and 21 points in 43 games this season with the Syracuse Crunch in the AHL.
The New York Islanders entered today with a three-game winning streak and holders of the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.
But yeah, it’s been a disastrous start for the Islanders on Saturday. The Blue Jackets scored three times in the first period, chasing Thomas Greiss from the New York net after he stopped 14 of 17 shots faced.
Jean-Francois Berube entered the game to begin the second period and promptly surrendered a goal to Josh Anderson, who scored his 12th of the season.
Oh, look at that: Another heated melee involving the Anaheim Ducks and L.A. Kings.
You’ll recall a first-period fight fest in a pivotal Pacific Division game between these teams almost one full year ago. On Saturday, in another meeting between these California rivals, the Ducks and Kings were once again at odds.
This latest conflict? Well, Corey Perry was involved. Again. (Last year, order had been restored during a brief scrum before Perry gave an extra shot to a Kings player, resulting in mayhem.)
Perry was called this time around for interference on Anze Kopitar. Kings players, as you might expect, suddenly rushed over before Nate Thompson and Brayden McNabb squared off in the main event.