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Centennial Classic diary: Luke Glendening

Red Wings forward reflects on experience of playing outdoors against Maple Leafs

by Luke Glendening / Special to

Detroit Red Wings forward Luke Glendening kept a diary of his experiences at the 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto. The Red Wings lost 5-4 in overtime against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday in the second of four outdoor NHL games this season.

In his fourth and final entry, Glendening talks about the roller-coaster third period and overtime, the memorable scene, and the need to move on from the loss as the Red Wings try to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the 26th consecutive season.

TORONTO -- Elation to frustration. That's what it was like.

When Anthony Mantha shot the puck into the net at the end of the third period, we felt elation on the bench. We were looking at the clock because it showed time had expired. We had to make sure the goal was going to count. Finally, they counted it and put 1.1 seconds on the clock, and we went to overtime with a chance to win.

Then Auston Matthews scored for the Maple Leafs at 3:40 of OT, and we felt frustration. We hated to see that go in. We hated to lose because of the big event and because of how much we needed that point in the standings.

But it's hockey, and it's a memory I'll have forever.

You couldn't ask for a better day. It was clear, the temperature was in the 30s, and the ice was good. It was a pretty electric crowd. The flyovers always get me a little bit. They give you the goose bumps.

The NHL did a great job, the city embraced it, and it was a great event. It was an awesome scene.

I thought our team showed some good resolve in the third period, coming back from a three-goal deficit. I thought we actually played OK. We let up for a few minutes, and that's what happens against a team that has fast, skilled players.

We have 45 games left. We have to find ways to get points and get ourselves back in this. We're not where we want to be right now. But I thought it was a good show of character from the guys to battle back, and hopefully that'll carry on.

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