The unexpectedly high television viewership from the Stanley Cup Finals which featured the Vancouver Canucks against the Boston Bruins prompted the league and NBC to reconsider the conventional wisdom that a contest featuring a Canadian team would not draw as well as two U. For sake of this exercise, we're assuming the league maintains the format of playing one Winter Classic a year on or around New Year's Day. If their recent game winning streak is any indication, the Blue Jackets may finally be turning a corner as a franchise. So Florida giving up a proper home game to be involved doesn't seem out of the question. After over 2, days and 14, stories, Sports on Earth is ceasing publishing.
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NBC ratings do not count the network's millions of Canadian viewers. It was this reconsideration that prompted an Ontario-Michigan Winter Classic. A divisional re-alignment that occurred the preceding offseason also made the Red Wings and Maple Leafs divisional rivals in the new Atlantic Division , which was renamed from the Northeast Division the old Atlantic Division became the Metropolitan Division.
Had the Winter Classic been played in , it would have been the only meeting between the teams, as both were in separate conferences at the time as division rivals, they can meet times a year, ultimately playing 30 times over a seven-year period. The game remained scoreless until Daniel Alfredsson scored for the Red Wings at James van Riemsdyk tied the game for the Leafs with 37 seconds left in the second period. Early in the third, Tyler Bozak gave Toronto the lead. Justin Abdelkader then tied the game with 5: The game eventually went into a shootout, where Bozak's goal proved to be the difference.
Number in parenthesis represents the player's total in goals or assists to that point of the season. Despite taking the warmup and initially being pencilled in as a healthy scratch, John-Michael Liles found out early in the game that he had in fact been traded to the Carolina Hurricanes, alongside Dennis Robertson, for Tim Gleason. Gleason made his Leafs debut on January 7, Liles scored against his former team two days after Gleason's debut in a Carolina win.
The previous highest combined average television viewership was 6. The game garnered a 2. These were the first outdoor regular season games for the OHL.
The Spitfires won the first game 6—5, while a shootout was required for the second game, with the Whalers getting the 2—1 win. This was the seventh outdoor AHL game. As part of the Hockeytown Winter Festival, two consecutive alumni games were played between former players of the Red Wings and the Maple Leafs on December The Detroit Red Wings swept the doubleheader, winning the first alumni game 5—4, and the second alumni game 6—5, following a shootout, in front of 33, in attendance at Comerica Park.
In the first alumni game of the doubleheader, Jiri Fischer scored the first goal of the game on a pass from Jason Woolley just 1 minute, 20 seconds into the game. Less than one minute later, Kevin Miller 's goal gave the Red Wings a 2—0 lead. Petr Klima then gave the Red Wings a one-goal lead when he scored on a pass from Martin Lapointe with 4: Aaron Ward scored the eventual game-winner from Fischer and Jimmy Carson with The Leafs pulled their goalie for the extra attacker with a minute left.
The other was year-old center Mike Walton , who began his career with the Leafs in Prior to the second alumni game of the doubleheader, former linemates Gordie Howe and Ted Lindsay dropped the first puck in a ceremonial faceoff between former captains Steve Yzerman of the Red Wings and Darryl Sittler of the Maple Leafs. Joe Kocur honored his late Bruise Brother by wearing Bob Probert 's number 24 in the second alumni game. Bryan McCabe then scored with two seconds left in regulation, to send the game to a shootout.
During the shootout, Tomas Holmstrom scored Detroit's lone goal, to give them the 6—5 victory. Toronto Maple Leafs Coaches: Red Kelly and Pat Quinn. Detroit Red Wings Coaches: Scotty Bowman and Barry Smith. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Wild Lambeau Field, Green Bay. Yes, Chicago is closer than Detroit or St. Paul, but a the Blackhawks can't play in this game every year, and b the goal here is to stage a true neutral site game.
Lambeau's history gives the NHL a lot to promote to the casual sports fan, and it's a perfect place for the league's first outdoor foray into a to a non-NHL market.
Flyers Oriole Park at Camden Yards. But Oriole Park is a classic in its own right: It's the ballpark that kicked off the retro-stadium craze, and one that's as charming as it was when it first opened.
Yes, Washington sports fans hate the Orioles, but think of the visuals, people! Assuming the NHL could convince the good people of the Empire Polo Club best known as the site of Coachella to postpone some matches so a temporary stadium could be built, the possibilities here are endless, from the ability of fans to camp out to the potential for a multi-day hockey and music festival.
It also gives the league a chance to stage a west coast Winter Classic for the first time, and to do it under even more ambitious circumstances than the Stadium Series game at Dodger Stadium. Like with Lambeau Field, the venue itself is a draw to casual fans, and if NBC still has NHL rights in , it'll promote the heck out of this game, given its longtime association with the Fighting Irish. Rangers Friends Arena, Stockholm, Sweden.
Stockholm would seem as good a city to start in as any: Hockey is popular in the country, and the city has hosted NHL games previously.
Friends Arena serves as the home of Sweden's national soccer team, and it once hosted a bandy match in front of more than 38, people. The hole in the roof means it counts as an outdoor game, right? The novelty of playing in front of , people might eventually wear off, but short of playing on a NASCAR track, there's only so many places to do it, and the NHL might as well tick them off one at a time.
This game's been discussed for a while, so assuming it doesn't happen before then, the occasion of these teams' 60th anniversary is a fine one. Red Wings Ohio Stadium, Columbus If their recent game winning streak is any indication, the Blue Jackets may finally be turning a corner as a franchise. After over 2, days and 14, stories, Sports on Earth is ceasing publishing. It has been an honor and a delight to have the opportunity to write about sports every day for you for the past five-and-a-half years.
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