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Breaking the Ice

Saturday, 02.19.2011 / 6:51 PM

By Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor / Heritage Classic alumni live game blog

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Breaking the Ice
Russ Courtnall is talking about the game on CBC and says it is a bit cold out and that even the short shifts the alums are taking is tough on the lungs.

The game is visually appealing as most of the players are wearing old-fashioned togues perched atop their heads.

It has taken quite a long time to break the ice in this game. We're seven minutes in and there has been no scoring. Mike Vernon of the Flames and Eric Fichaud of Montreal have just been asked to make one tough save each. 

Oops, spoke too quickly as Mike Keane makes me eat my words, scoring from the slot at the 7:30 mark of the game. Keane, who battled injury to play in this game, was camped in the slot and  fired a shot past Vernon, who was already sprawled at the side of the cage to make an initial stop on a Montreal flurry.

1-0 Montreal



Quote of the Day

What we expected is what we got. Very mature young individual that's focused. He is on the right track. He's not only a great hockey individual, but he's a good person off the ice. He seemed to take a leadership role with this group right off the hop and ran away with it, and was vocal, was respectful, was everything it takes to be a Panther. His future looks bright.

— Florida Panthers director of player development Brian Skrudland on defenseman Aaron Ekblad's performance at development camp