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2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic - Senators vs. Canucks

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.

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."


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.

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.

Canucks' Daniel Sedin sustains injury vs. Senators

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- The Vancouver Canucks didn't have an update on the status of forward Daniel Sedin after he left the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic on Sunday with an apparent leg injury.

Sedin will be re-evaluated Monday after being hit into the boards by Ottawa Senators' defenseman Marc Methot at 14:20 of the second period. Sedin's legs splayed apart awkwardly as he went down behind the Ottawa net, and he clutched his left leg as he lay on the ice. He skated to the bench slowly under his own power, but went to the locker room moments later with assistance from team officials.

"He was done," coach John Tortorella said after the Canucks lost to the Senators 4-2.

Canucks announce Quinn will go in Ring of Honour

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- For Pat Quinn, the announcement that he'll be inducted into the Vancouver Canucks' Ring of Honour coming the same day the team he coached to the 1994 Stanley Cup Final was celebrated at the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic was a perfect combination.

Quinn, who was hired as coach, president and general manager of the Canucks in 1987, was part of pregame ceremonies at BC Place to honor the 1993-1994 Vancouver team's run to Game 7 of the Cup Final against the New York Rangers. His Ring of Honor induction, which will take place next month at Rogers Arena, was announced in the second period and drew a standing ovation from 54,194 fans.

"These guys are the epitome of the best team I had," said Quinn, who played nine NHL seasons before starting his coaching career as an assistant with the Philadelphia Flyers in 1977.


Canada women's team honored at Heritage Classic

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER — For Hayley Wickenheiser, the chance to celebrate her gold medal from the 2014 Sochi Olympics with a packed house at the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic at BC Place in Vancouver felt like coming home.

Wickenheiser was one of nine members of the gold-medal winning Canadian women's team saluted before the game here between the Vancouver Canucks and Ottawa Senators on Sunday.

After winning a gold medal across the street at Rogers Arena at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Wickenheiser said she was looking forward to the sharing another win with the huge crowd.

"I really wanted to come here because we had so much support four years ago and to come back with another gold and share it with this many people, it's kind of a full-circle moment," Wickenheiser said.

McLachlan excited to perform at Heritage Classic

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

VANCOUVER -- A Vancouver resident for the past 26 years, Grammy Award-winning singer Sarah McLachlan has seen and done it all in her adopted hometown.

Since moving west from Nova Scotia to begin her music career, McLachlan has toured the world and sold millions of records. But she'll add a new distinction to her resume Sunday when she sings the Canadian national anthem at BC Place to kick off the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic between the Vancouver Canucks and Ottawa Senators (4 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

"I don't usually play in places this big. [I'm] usually in theaters. This will be fun. It will be exciting," McLachlan said. "It looks epic. It looks amazing out there. One thing I noticed is the rink looks small because it's such a massive space. I think it's going to be a lot of fun."

BC Place roof to remain closed for Heritage Classic

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VANCOUVER — The roof at BC Place will remain closed Sunday during the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic (4 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS) between the Vancouver Canucks and Ottawa Senators.

The decision was made based on the accumulation of precipitation already on the retractable roof and the forecast of more rain.

Lack to start for Canucks in Heritage Classic

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Loungo circled the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic at BC Place on his calendar as soon as the schedule was released.

"I've always wanted to play in an outdoor game," Luongo said after practicing in the retractable roof stadium Saturday. "So I was excited when I saw we got one this year and I was looking forward to it."

Luongo's outdoor experience will be limited to the bench.

The Canucks announced Sunday morning that rookie backup Eddie Lack will make a third straight start ahead of Luongo when the Canucks play the Ottawa Senators on Sunday (4 p.m. ET, CBC, RDS, NBCSN).

"Lack has played really well the last two games and deserves the start [Sunday]," Canucks coach John Tortorella told the team's website.

Another start for Lack puts the Canucks right back where they were before surprising everyone by keeping Luongo and trading Cory Schneider at the 2014 NHL Draft.

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