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12 memorable moments from 2014 big-event games

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The 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic on Sunday wrapped up in memorable style an impressive slate of big-event games by the NHL this season.

The Heritage Classic, in which the Ottawa Senators used an impressive comeback to beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-2, was the final of a six-game slate of special-event games which begin with the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium on Jan. 1. The 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series was crammed in the middle. Featuring a game at Dodger Stadium, a pair of contests at Yankee Stadium and an unforgettable night at Soldier Field, the four-game series was a hit in every possible way.

The two-month extravaganza of gala regular-season games entertained more 375,000 fans in person and countless others watching on television, providing a variety of memorable moments and an experience fans and players alike will cherish.

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Islanders' pair understands likelihood of trade

Monday, 03.03.2014 / 2:30 PM / 2014 Trade Deadline

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

SYOSSET, N.Y. -- As practice wound down Monday morning, New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano had a long talk near center ice with defenseman Andrew MacDonald. After working together for seven years, there's a good chance MacDonald will be moved prior to the NHL Trade Deadline on Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET.

"We were just reflecting on a lot of things," MacDonald said. "We don't really know what's going to happen here, so [he was] just asking how my girlfriend and I were holding up and how we were doing. Jack's a great guy and very genuine. He was just concerned about how I was doing."

MacDonald, 27, can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. With no new contract in place and the Islanders all but eliminated from playoff contention, New York general manager Garth Snow will likely trade MacDonald and left wing Thomas Vanek before the deadline.

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Blackhawks' Crawford has goalie gear go missing

Monday, 03.03.2014 / 2:19 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford is just shaking his head in disbelief at this point.

First a specially-painted mask that he was supposed to wear this past Saturday night at Soldier Field in the final game of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series never arrived. Now, his regular white-based goalie pads and accompanying gear are missing.

Crawford practiced Monday morning at United Center wearing the black gear with red trim that he wore in the Blackhawks' 5-1 victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night. Asked afterward if he'd ever located the mask, Crawford shook his head.

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Deadline Primer: Brodeur, Callahan, Kesler big names

Monday, 03.03.2014 / 1:43 PM / 2014 Trade Deadline

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

The most decorated goalie in NHL history, the captain of one of the League's most celebrated franchises, and one of the grittiest centers in the game might all have to change their addresses later this week.

The NHL Trade Deadline is set for 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday and three of the most intriguing players being discussed in possible trades are New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan, and Vancouver Canucks center Ryan Kesler.

There were, however, some interesting plot twists Monday regarding Brodeur and Callahan. Brodeur was announced as the Devils' starting goalie for their game Tuesday against the Detroit Red Wings at Prudential Center, and Callahan reportedly lowered his contract demands as negotiations toward an extension continue with the Rangers.

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Fantasy All-Access: Calm before trade deadline storm

Matt Sitkoff - NHL.com Contributor

Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET marks the NHL Trade Deadline, and after the dust settles will come a flurry of waiver wire activity and trades in fantasy hockey, as players' stocks rise and new opportunities arise.

The big names in play include Ryan Kesler (Vancouver Canucks), Ryan Callahan (New York Rangers), Thomas Vanek (New York Islanders) and Matt Moulson (Buffalo Sabres). If traded, it won’t change that they are great fantasy plays. Sometimes it is the under-the-radar moves that can provide a spark for your team.

On Feb. 28, 2011, the Sabres acquired Brad Boyes from the St. Louis Blues and he went on to score 14 points in 21 games. On Feb. 27, 2012, the Colorado Avalanche acquired Jamie McGinn from the San Jose Sharks and he finished the season with 13 points in his final 17 games. On April 3 of last season it was Jussi Jokinen, acquired by the Pittsburgh Penguins from the Carolina Hurricanes, who finished the year with 11 points in 10 games.

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Daily Primer March 3: Stars continue playoff push

Monday, 03.03.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

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The Dallas Stars will continue their pursuit of a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in a nationally televised game Monday.

Dallas, which currently sits in the second wild-card spot due to games in hand on the Winnipeg Jets and Vancouver Canucks (all three teams have 66 points), will host the Buffalo Sabres at American Airlines Center (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2).

Here is a closer look at the action Monday:


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Senators, Canucks confident in playoff chances

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

VANCOUVER -- In the jam-packed Eastern Conference, you can make a case that 12 teams have a chance to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs. So for the Ottawa Senators, there's certainly reason to believe their season is far from over.

The Senators' 4-2 win against the Vancouver Canucks in the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic on Sunday moved them within three points of the Detroit Red Wings for the final wild-card spot in the East.

For a team coming off one of its worst losses of the season three days earlier, a 6-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday, and starting a four-game road trip through Western Canada and Winnipeg, the win Sunday provided a needed dose of confidence.

"We hope it launches our march," Senators captain Jason Spezza said. "We had a tough one against Detroit. [Sunday] was a very important game. We knew that we needed this one. We have a tough trip. It's hard to come out here to Western Canada and play in all these rinks and take a lot of points. It's a necessity for us though. We hope this is a big jumping-off point for us."


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Tortorella defends decision to start Lack over Luongo

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Eddie Lack had just given up the go-ahead goal when the chants inside BC Place started up.

The Vancouver Canucks goalie knew they weren't for him.

As if getting a controversial start ahead of veteran Roberto Luongo in a key game wasn't enough pressure, the 26-year-old rookie had to hear 54,194 fans asking for the goalie sitting on the bench.

The chants of, "We want Lu!" rang out shortly after Cody Ceci put the Ottawa Senators ahead 3-2 midway through the second period of the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic on Sunday.

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Capitals' Orlov to have phone hearing

Sunday, 03.02.2014 / 9:08 PM / Department of Player Safety News

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Washington Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov will have a phone hearing Monday for his hit on Philadelphia Flyers forward Brayden Schenn during the third period Sunday at Verizon Center.

Orlov, who scored two goals in the game, was assessed a major penalty for boarding at 9:33 of the third.

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MacArthur makes most of stadium opportunity

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

VANCOUVER -- Ottawa Senators forward Clarke MacArthur was hoping he'd get this opportunity years ago.

As a young player with the Buffalo Sabres, he was sent to the American Hockey League two days before the 2008 Winter Classic against the Pittsburgh Penguins, a landmark event that set the precedent for the numerous stadium games that would follow. So when MacArthur took the ice for Ottawa at the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic at BC Place on Sunday, he made sure not to squander another opportunity to play on one of hockey's grandest stages.

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