Stadium Series Saturday
The fifth NHL outdoor game of the year featured two Canadian Olympians from Sochi, Blackhawks Jonathan Toews and Penguins Sidney Crosby. It was their first time facing off against each other in a regular season game. The game was played at Soldier Field in Chicago, where a significant amount of snow and wind was a big factor in Saturday night’s game. The Blackhawks jumped out to a 3-0 win after two periods and continued their strong play in the third period,winning 5-1. Toews out shined Crosby in this game, offensively, with two goals and one assist. According to the CBC, the attendance was 62,921, which was the second highest of the four other Stadium Series games this year.
Heritage Classic in Vancouver City
On Sunday, the Heritage Classic game took place in Vancouver, between the Canucks and the Ottawa Senators. In front of over 50,000 people at BC Place Stadium, the Senators defeated the hometown Canucks 4-2. After the first period, the Canucks jumped to a 2-0 lead just to have it relinquished later in the period with two straight goals by Ottawa. Yet things tightened up in the next two periods, with the game winner coming from Senator and Ottawa-native, Cody Ceci, midway through the second period. The Senators added an empty netter late in the third period with Vancouver goaltender Eddie Lack pulled, which sealed the deal for the Senators. This was the final outdoor game for the NHL this season.
Trade Deadline 2014
With the NHL trade deadline on Wednesday, March 5, the Buffalo Sabres continued to clean house, as they traded long-time goaltender Ryan Miller and captain Steve Ott to the St. Louis Blues for former Canadiens goaltender Jaroslav Halak, forward Chris Stewart, prospect William Carrier, St. Louis’ first-round pick in 2015 and a conditional third-round pick in 2016.