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Toews outdoes Crosby in first regular-season game

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

CHICAGO -- It wasn't the performance Sidney Crosby envisioned against good friend Jonathan Toews in the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks.

The first head-to-head matchup between two of hockey's top centers in a regular-season NHL game took place Saturday night in snow-globe conditions before 62,921 at Soldier Field, but it never materialized into the one-on-one battle many had anticipated.

Toews proved to be the dominant force with his first multiple-point game in almost a month to lead the Blackhawks to a 5-1 victory. He had two goals and an assist, tying outdoor records for goals and points in a game.

Crosby, who was 47 percent on faceoffs, finished with a minus-2 rating and three shots on goal in 22:02 of ice time.


Heritage Notebook: Turris returns to BC Place


VANCOUVER -- The last time Ottawa Senators center Kyle Turris was on the field at BC Place, he was wearing cleats instead of skates and trying to pass a football instead of shoot a puck.

Turris was a quarterback at St. Thomas More Collegiate, a Catholic high school in suburban Vancouver, and played in the annual British Columbia high school football provincial championships, which are held at BC Place.

He'll be trying to score goals instead of touchdowns there Sunday when he takes the ice for the Senators against the Vancouver Canucks in the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic (4 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

"I played in one in Grade 8 and watched my buddies play in Grades 9, 10, 11, 12," Turris said Saturday. "Football was fun but in Grade 8 I was 4-foot-11 and couldn't see over my [offensive] line, so I was just throwing it up in the air and praying that somebody would catch it."


Fans reminded to arrive early for Heritage Classic


VANCOUVER - With snowfall expected overnight in Metro Vancouver, the National Hockey League would like to remind fans attending Sunday's 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic™ game at BC Place about possible traffic delays and weather precautions on game day.

Start time is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. PT on Sunday. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to account for any inclement weather, avoid anticipated last minute crowds at the gates and to enjoy pregame festivities inside and outside the stadium. Parking lots around BC Place will open at 9:30 a.m. PT and gates to BC Place will open at 11:00 a.m. PT.

The 2014 Canadian Tire NHL Spectator Plaza, a free outdoor hockey and entertainment festival for fans of all ages, opens to the public at 9:00 a.m. on game day. It is located across the street from BC Place at the Plaza of Nations.


Outdoor game a new experience for Phillips

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

VANCOUVER -- In his 16th season with the Ottawa Senators, defenseman Chris Phillips thought he had seen it all.

With two silver medals at the IIHF World Hockey Championship and two gold medals at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship (not to mention an appearance in the 2007 Stanley Cup Final), the stay-at-home defenseman has been a picture of consistency for the Senators, who drafted him first at the 1996 NHL Draft.

But with his appearance Sunday in the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic against the Vancouver Canucks at BC Place (4 p.m. ET, CBC, RDS, NBCSN), Phillips is learning that even a franchise fixture can sometimes enjoy new experiences.

"It's very cool. I've been with this team for a long time now, but never in an outdoor game or something of this magnitude," Phillips said after Ottawa practiced at the stadium. "It's fun to have the opportunity to do that. I'm looking forward to it."


Canucks, Senators need a win at Heritage Classic

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

VANCOUVER -- Players and coaches from the Vancouver Canucks and Ottawa Senators were unanimous in their enjoyment of their day on the ice at BC Place.

The day featured about an hour-long practice for each team followed by an hour or so of time on the ice with family and friends. But they also were unanimous in knowing that the fun they had Saturday will turn into an important game Sunday when they hit the ice for the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic (4 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

"It's a crucial stage for us in the season," Canucks goalie Eddie Lack said. "As much as it's fun out there we really need to focus on getting the two points. That's going to be the most important thing."

The Canucks enter Sunday with 66 points, the same as the Winnipeg Jets and Dallas Stars; Dallas owns the second and final wild-card spot in the Western Conference because it has played two fewer games than the other teams.


Blackhawks' Hossa leaves game with injury

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa sustained an apparent upper-body injury in the first period of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Soldier Field on Saturday night and will not return.

Hossa, who has 24 goals and 50 points in 56 games, played 4:18 in the first. He did not have a shot on goal.

No further details of the injury were provided by the Blackhawks. Chicago held a 1-0 lead after the first period.


Anderson to start for Senators in Heritage Classic

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

VANCOUVER -- Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson said Saturday he will start against the Vancouver Canucks in the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic on Sunday (4 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

He said he is looking forward to it, although he admits he doesn't have any idea what to expect from the game at BC Place, which is expected to draw more than 50,000 fans.

"I didn't play football in high school. I really don't have any past experience to go off on this type of atmosphere, realizing the magnitude of how many fans and how loud it's going to be," Anderson said Saturday after the Senators' skate. "It's definitely a new experience. It's something you feel honored to be a part of. So much of this game is a day-to-day monotonous grind; you get up and do the same thing. This is kind of a good change of pace, something a little different to keep everything fresh and new."


LaFontaine resigns from Sabres, rejoins NHL

Saturday, 03.01.2014 / 6:50 PM / News


Pat LaFontaine resigned his position as president of hockey operations with the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday and will resume his previous role as vice president of development and community affairs for the NHL.

LaFontaine joined the Sabres on Nov. 13, 2013, after general manager Darcy Regier and coach Ron Rolston were fired. He hired Tim Murray as general manager in January.

“Terry Pegula hired me in November and my primary objective was to lead the Sabres organization through a time of transition,” LaFontaine said in a statement issued by the team. “I'm proud of what we've been able to accomplish in a short period of time and want to thank Terry and Kim Pegula for the opportunity and their support during my time with the Sabres."

Islanders' Hamonic suspended one game

Saturday, 03.01.2014 / 6:23 PM / Department of Player Safety News


NEW YORK -- New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic has been suspended, without pay, for one game for instigating a fight during the final five minutes of NHL Game No. 903 at Nassau Coliseum this afternoon, March 1, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

Hamonic will forfeit $19,780.22 in salary. In addition, New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano has been fined $10,000.

Hamonic was assessed a minor penalty for instigation, a major penalty for fighting and a game misconduct at 15:23 of the third period. Both the suspension to the player and the fine of the coach are automatic for a violation of Rule 46.22.


Capitals' Ovechkin reaches 800 career points

Saturday, 03.01.2014 / 4:45 PM / News

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON -- It takes more than 800 career NHL points to impress Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates.

"Ah, that's not a milestone," Oates said in response to a question about Alex Ovechkin's new career total after the Capitals beat the Boston Bruins 4-2 at TD Garden on Saturday.

Oates, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame with 1,420 career points, still knows that it's important for the Capitals' overall success to have Ovechkin pass every scoring pit stop as the season and the wing's career unfolds. Ovechkin reached 800 points with two power-play goals against the Bruins.

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