The NHL's present and future came together on Friday when Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins faced Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers. McDavid scored the tying goal in the third period and matched Crosby's successful attempt in the shootout, but Phil Kessel's goal gave the defending Stanley Cup champions a 3-2 victory.
As part of the League's Centennial Celebration, NHL.com is taking a look back at memorable events each week.
Here are Centennial highlights for the week of March 5-11:
March 11, 1996: After 2,329 regular-season games and 307 more in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Montreal Canadiens say goodbye to the Forum.
Video: Memories: Montreal Forum closes its legendary doors
March 10, 1980: In what is still the gold standard for trades made at the NHL Trade Deadline, the New York Islanders acquire center Butch Goring from the Los Angeles Kings.
March 9, 1980: Gordie Howe, Mark Howe and Marty Howe take a shift together for the Hartford Whalers on the NHL's first father-son-son line.
March 8, 1945: Syd Howe stands alone atop the NHL's all-time scoring leaders after passing Nels Stewart.
March 8, 1937: Howie Morenz, perhaps the NHL's first true superstar, dies less than six weeks after a broken leg ends his career.
March 7, 1998: Wayne Gretzky scores his 1,000th NHL goal (regular season and playoffs) when he beats Martin Brodeur during the New York Rangers' 6-3 loss to the New Jersey Devils.
March 6, 1984: No one has ever had a period like the one Dale Hawerchuk had against the Los Angeles Kings 33 years ago.
Video: Memories: Hawerchuk sets record with five assists
March 5, 1969: Bobby Hull becomes the NHL's first four-time 50-goal scorer.