Game Day 5: Sens vs Canadiens – Scotiabank NHL 100 Classic – Ottawa Senators (press release) (blog)

We’re doing something a little different today in honour of the 2017 Scotiabank NHL 100 Classic. I asked 5 Sens players about their experience on outdoor rinks as a kid for a special edition of the Game Day 5.

I remember breaking a lot of sticks, missing the net and having to go find the puck in the snow and I remember that my dad would take me skating outside before he would go to work in the morning at the outdoor rinks right by my parent’s house. I was always the first one out there so the ice was always perfect and fresh. I remember my feet getting cold but it was a great time. To have the chance to play in the game on Saturday, I consider myself really lucky, especially because this one is in Ottawa. I know I’m going to have a lot of friends and family coming out to the game.

I remember skating outdoors in my hometown as a kid. It wasn’t like a rink or anything but it was a grassy area that they would ice down and you had a little hut that you could lace up your skates before wheeling on out there. You definitely had the outdoor rink scene in Chicago. One of my buddies who I played with, his dad would always build a rink out back and we’d go out there and we’d play for hours. I think it’s going to be a little bit colder on Saturday than what I experienced as a kid but hockey’s fun. It’s supposed to be fun and that’s what makes this fun. When you’re a kid you don’t need a building to play it, you just need a dad who knows what he’s doing. 

I’ve never had any outdoor

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Senators, Canadiens set to take it outdoors for NHL100 Classic –

We look pretty good for 100 years old, don’t we? (Let’s assume you agree, and we thank you for your kindness.)

And things are going to be looking pretty good in Ottawa on Saturday as the Senators and the Montreal Canadiens prepare for the 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic, a special outdoor game as part of the ongoing celebration of our Centennial year.

The game is set for 7 p.m. ET (NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVA Sports, NHL.TV) from historic Lansdowne Park. And just when you thought this game couldn’t get any cooler, the forecast calls for a temperature of about 7 degrees Fahrenheit with a slight chance of snow.

Also, check out some of the sights and sounds from the Canadiens and the Senators.

Video: Sights and Sounds – Montreal Canadiens Practice

Video: Sights and Sounds – Ottawa Senators practice

Cold? What Cold?

Haliburton, Ontario, native Matt Duchene, the Ottawa Senators’ big trade acquisition last month, says his dad is a big reason he’ll be right at home playing outside in the cold.

Skating by

Our columnist on the scene in Ottawa, Nick Cotsonika, got a chance at an exclusive skate at Lansdowne Park. Get an up-close view of the rink where the Senators and Canadiens will face off.

Video: Nick Cotsonika goes for a skate on Parliament Hill

Kicking it old school

Make sure you follow all our social media channels for some special treats on Saturday. Like us on Facebook (, Twitter (@NHL) and Instagram (@NHL) to catch old photos and press clippings from the past 100 years.

Just like old times

Some Ottawa Senators greats of years past, including Daniel Alfredsson, Alexandre Daigle and Alexei Yashin, took the ice at the Senators Alumni Classic on the eve of the 2017 Scotiabank NHL100 Classic.

Dance party

Craig Wyszomirski,

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Highlights of Friday's NHL games – Reuters

(The Sports Xchange) – Highlights of National Hockey League games on Friday:

Rangers 4, Kings 2

Rick Nash scored a tiebreaking goal with 3:27 left in the third period to help the New York Rangers to a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Friday night at Madison Square Garden.

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 33 shots for the Rangers, who had lost three of four entering the game. Chris Kreider and Kevin Hayes also scored for New York. J.T. Miller added his fifth of the season into an empty net with 53.4 seconds remaining.

The Kings have dropped two straight games after winning eight in a row.

Marian Gaborik had a goal and an assist and Torrey Mitchell scored for the Kings, who received 24 saves from goaltender Jonathan Quick.

Devils 5, Stars 2

Brian Boyle made his 100th career goal a memorable one as New Jersey beat Dallas at the Prudential Center.

Steven Santini, Blake Coleman and Nick Lappin also scored for the Devils. Boyle had three points and Brian Gibbons added two assists.

The Stars, who lost for the time on their four-game road trip, received goals from Martin Hanzal and Alexander Radulov. The loss kept Ken Hitchcock from becoming only the third coach in NHL history to win 800 games as he remains stuck at 799.

Boyle scored his milestone goal at 16:39 of the second period to snap a 2-2 tie.

Red Wings 3, Maple Leafs 1

Danny DeKeyser and Trevor Daley each scored their first goals of the season as Detroit beat Toronto to end a three-game losing streak.

Dec 15, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save in front of Los Angeles Kings left wing Kyle Clifford (13) during the third period at Madison Square Garden.

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4 things we learned in the NHL: Leafs are lost without Matthews –

Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk wasn’t pulling any punches, Brian Boyle had three points as the Devils topped the Stars to move into a tie for top spot in the Metropolitan Division, the Maple Leafs visited the Red Wings’ new home for the first time in an Original Six showdown, and Sharks forward Joel Ward earned his 300th career point in his 700th career game.

Here are four things we learned in the NHL Friday.

Maple Leafs looking lost without Matthews

Auston Matthews has missed eight games this season and it’s becoming a real problem for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Earlier this month the Leafs were actually 5-0-0 without their star but the team has since dropped three straight games in which the franchise centre has sat out with an upper-body injury.

“We’re missing a pretty important player who generates a lot of offence for us but that’s no excuse. We have won games when he has been out,” Tyler Bozak told reporters in Detroit following a 3-1 loss to Mike Babcock’s former team.

Toronto was outshot for the fifth time in the past six games.

“Obviously, it makes it easier on the other team because you don’t have to worry about matchups as much, I’d assume,” Bozak said when asked about the effect playing without Matthews has on opponents. “Whenever he’s in they’re going to want to get their best defensive guys and defencemen against him so it makes it a little easier on the other team, for sure. … We’re just going to have to get back to what we do and create a little more offence. We can’t rely on our goalies as much as we have. I think our special teams have to be better as well.”

The Maple Leafs are off until a rare Tuesday afternoon

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NHL debuted 100 years ago with contract snags and many goals – Salt Lake Tribune

Ottawa, Ontario • It was a night of sticky ice, last-minute player signings and a small crowd.

Such were the glitches when the NHL it made its debut 100 years ago. Now, the world’s premier hockey league celebrates its centennial with an outdoor game Saturday night between the Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators.

The days of multimillion-dollar contracts, instant replays and Florida were a long way off when the four-team NHL’s first games took place on Dec. 19, 1917, while a gruesome war raged in Europe.

The Canadiens took on an early incarnation of the Senators in Ottawa while the Toronto Arenas played the Wanderers in Montreal.

The daily newspapers of the time, and their anonymous scribes, dutifully recorded the color and chaos of the league’s emergence from the ashes of the National Hockey Association, alongside advertisements for gramophones, dyspepsia tablets and handkerchiefs.

Ottawa dominated the Canadiens in the final NHA season, winning six of seven matchups.

But for their first NHL meeting, the Senators were missing top scorer Frank Nighbor, an enlisted airman whose military commitment kept him off the ice. The “Pembroke Peach” would go on to win several Stanley Cups with the Ottawa team.

One of his descendants, Derek Nighbor, plans to be at Ottawa’s TD Place Stadium for the NHL 100 Classic game with his brother and nephew, sporting their heritage Sens jerseys emblazoned with Frank’s No. 6.

“Our family’s pretty proud of the connection,” he said. “It’s not only the Nighbor name, but it’s Pembroke. Still today, with our Junior ‘A’ Lumber Kings, hockey is really central to life in the Ottawa Valley.”

The 1917 edition of the Senators had another headache on opening night: contract disputes

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