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Pre-game festivities

Sunday, 02.20.2011 / 6:32 PM

By Shawn P. Roarke - Senior Managing Editor / NHL Heritage Classic chatter

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Pre-game festivities
The 2011 Tim Horton's NHL Heritage Classic is just about ready to start after a spectacular pre-game ceremony.
Both Thompson Square and paul Brandt handled the anthems flawlessy. Brandt, a Calgary boy, belted out O Canada while wearing a Flames Heritage Classic jersey.
The highlight, though, might have been a fly-over by the canadian Snow Birds.
Now, it is time to play. The game-time temperature is minus-11, but feels like minus-20 celsius because of a strong wind that will blow at the Flames back in the first period. Montreal will have the wind advantage in the second period and the teams will switch sides midway through the third period to even out the advantage.
Quote of the Day

Life's about opportunity and how you respond to that opportunity, and obviously he must have some swagger about him, some confidence about him, because he was solid. He made some good saves. He was 6-foot-3 on every shot, which is a good thing for a goalie. He played well. We got a win.

— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on rookie goaltender Garret Sparks, who made 24 saves in his first NHL start, a 3-0 win vs. Oilers
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