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NHL begins Centennial Celebration

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by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL / NHL.com
NHL BEGINS REVEAL OF 100 GREATEST NHL PLAYERS . . .

The NHL launched its year-long Centennial Celebration on Sunday by revealing the names of 33 legends, predominantly from the League's first 50 years (1917-1966), who have been voted among the 100 Greatest NHL Players presented by Molson Canadian.

The 33 players were honored prior to the 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic in Toronto between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings. The remaining 67 players will be recognized as part of a special event at the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles on Jan. 27.

A Blue Ribbon Panel, comprised of 58 individuals representing more than 1,800 years of experience in the game, chose the 100 Greatest NHL Players presented by Molson Canadian. Every member of the panel voted for 100 players, with each vote worth one point. Voting was conducted last July and August and the results were tabulated by the accounting firm of EY.

* Click here to learn the names of the first 33 legends voted to the 100 Greatest NHL Players presented by Molson Canadian.

* Click here to visit NHL.com/100, the League's microsite that will chronicle its year-long Centennial Celebration with daily stories, video and images.

Video: NHL Centennial: 100 years in 100 seconds

 

. . . CONTINUES CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION AT ROSE PARADE

The NHL will continue its Centennial Celebration today at the 128th Rose Parade presented by Honda, with a Centennial-themed float, "A Century of Greatness (1917-2017)."

Featuring floral replicas of a 55-foot long hockey rink, the official logos of the 30 NHL teams and the official NHL Centennial logo, the float will commemorate 100 years of hockey along the renowned parade route in Pasadena, California.

Click here for more details as well as a rendering of the float.

 

REMINDER: 2017 NHL ALL-STAR FAN VOTE CLOSES TONIGHT

The 2017 NHL All-Star Fan Vote, which will determine the captains of the four divisional teams, regardless of position, closes tonight at 11:59 p.m. ET.

The current leaders by division are: The Montreal Canadiens' Carey Price (Atlantic), the Nashville Predators' P.K. Subban (Central), the Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (Metropolitan) and the Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid.

Visit NHL.com/vote to cast your ballot before voting closes.

 

SNEAK PEEK AT MONDAY'S ACTION

All Times Eastern

Chicago @ St. Louis, 1 p.m., NBC, SN, TVAS, NHL.TV

Boston @ New Jersey, 7 p.m., SN, NESN, MSG+, NHL.TV

Colorado @ Vancouver, 10 p.m., ALT2, SNP, NHL.TV

 

BLUES FACE BLACKHAWKS IN 2017 BRIDGESTONE NHL WINTER CLASSIC

The St. Louis Blues will become the 23rd team to participate in a regular-season outdoor NHL game when they face the rival Chicago Blackhawks in the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Busch Stadium. The Blues and Blackhawks have competed in the same division every season since 1970-71, tied with the Boston Bruins and Buffalo Sabres for the longest active such streak in the League. They have met in the Stanley Cup Playoffs at least once in each of the past five decades, including twice in the past three years.

* This marks the fourth of five games between the Blues and Blackhawks this season (STL: 1-1-1, CHI: 2-1-0). Chicago (146-113-45) boasts a 337-294 all-time points advantage in the 304 regular-season games between these clubs (STL: 123-133-48).

* The Blues and Blackhawks have met 12 times in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, with the Blackhawks owning an 8-4 series edge. The Blues, however, won in seven games in the 2016 Western Conference First Round, capped by a 3-2 win in Game 7.

Video: 2017 Winter Classic Busch Stadium Time-lapse

 

SUNDAY'S RESULTS

Home Team in Caps

TORONTO 5, Detroit 4 (OT)

WASHINGTON 2, Ottawa 1

ANAHEIM 4, Philadelphia 3 (SO)

 

MATTHEWS, ROOKIES LIFT MAPLE LEAFS IN CLASSIC START TO CENTENNIAL

The Red Wings erased a 4-1 deficit in the third period, including the tying goal with 1.1 seconds remaining in the third period, but Auston Matthews (2-0-2) scored at 3:40 of overtime to power the Maple Leafs to a victory in the 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto. It was the Maple Leafs' fifth straight win.

* Matthews (20-12-32 in 36 GP), who scored his first NHL overtime goal, became the first rookie to reach the 20-goal mark, and also tied Los Angeles Kings forward Jeff Carter (37 GP) for second place in the League.

* Matthews now leads rookies in goals (20), points (32) and game-winning goals (tied with three). He has six goals and three assists during a six-game point streak and 14 goals and five assists in 17 games dating to Nov. 23.

* Rookies accounted for four of the Maple Leafs' five goals, with Connor Brown (1-2-3) and Mitchell Marner also scoring. The Maple Leafs have three of the top four rookie scorers in the NHL this season: Matthews (first; 20-12-32), Marner (third; 9-18-27) and William Nylander (fourth; 8-17-25), who had one assist on Sunday.

Video: Matthews scores in OT to give Maple Leafs a 5-4 win

 

DID YOU KNOW?

Seven of the nine goals in the 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic were scored by players age 22 or younger: Toronto's Auston Matthews (two goals, 19), Connor Brown (22) and Mitchell Marner (19), and Detroit's Anthony Mantha (two goals, 22) and Dylan Larkin (20).

 

CENTENNIAL CLASSIC QUICK HITS . . .

* The Maple Leafs and Red Wings played the fourth overtime game in the League's 20 regular-season outdoor games. They also required extra time in their last outdoor game, the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan, a 3-2 shootout victory by the Maple Leafs.

* The Maple Leafs became the sixth home team to win a regular-season outdoor NHL game (20 GP: 6-12-2). Road teams, however, have picked up at least one point in 16 of the League's 20 regular-season outdoor games to date (14-4-2).

* The sellout crowd of 40,148 at the 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic raised total attendance for the League's 20 regular-season outdoor games to 1,094,443, an average of 54,722 per game.

 

. . . RECORD-SETTING PERFORMANCES

Multiple regular-season outdoor NHL game records were set or tied during the 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic:

* The Maple Leafs (four) and Red Wings (three) totaled seven goals in the third period, setting the record for combined goals in one period of an outdoor game. The Maple Leafs also tied the individual team record for goals in one period of an outdoor game.

* Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg had three assists to match the single-game outdoor record for assists and points. In doing so he became the NHL leader in career assists and points in outdoor games with seven points, all assists, in four games.

* Red Wings forward Anthony Mantha (2-1-3), who scored the tying goal with 1.1 seconds left in the third period, and Maple Leafs forward Connor Brown (1-2-3) also tied the single-game outdoor record for points.

* Mantha and Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews (2-0-2) matched the single-game outdoor record for goals.

 

LOOSE PUCKS

Ducks goaltender John Gibson had 51 saves, an NHL career high, and matched a Ducks record for saves in one game, last achieved by Jonas Hiller on Dec. 19, 2008 at the Oilers. … Teammate Ryan Kesler had his fourth NHL hat trick. … Washington Capitals defenseman Taylor Chorney scored his second NHL game-winning goal in his 130th game, and first since Feb. 15, 2011 when he was with the Oilers. … The NHL suspended Arizona Coyotes defenseman Anthony DeAngelo for three games for violating Rule 40.4 (Physical Abuse of Officials). … ICYMI: Centennial Ambassador Wayne Gretzky dropped the ceremonial opening puck prior to the 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic.

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