NHL Diary: Feb 26 - Canucks Alumni Surprise Students
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CANUCKS ALUMNI SURPRISE STUDENTS AT ROBSON SQUARE
Members of the Canucks 1994 Stanley Cup Final team, as well as current forwardMike Santorelliand team mascotFin,surprised a group of fourth-gradersTuesday during a class trip to the outdoor rink at Robson Square in downtown Vancouver.Jyrki Lumme,Kirk McLeanandCliff Ronningskated with the students and also handed out tickets to the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic, which will be contested Sunday at BC Place.
Best day Ive ever had, said 9-year-old studentAbdullah Mahabub. I was totally surprised the Canucks were here.
I grew up idolizing the Canucks and 94 was such big excitement for the city of Vancouver, so its great to see my idols, added Santorelli, a native of Vancouver. Not very many people get to play in an outdoor game. I think the boys are excited to play in it.
GOALTENDERS UNVEIL NEW LOOKS FOR OUTDOOR GAMES
Several goaltenders revealed the new gear they will sport for the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series and 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic this weekend:
* Penguins goaltenderMarc-Andre Fleuryunveiled the new mask he will wear for the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Soldier Field, home of the NFLs Chicago Bears. The mask pays tribute to the NFLs Pittsburgh Steelers and also includes Fleurys facial features below the cage.Click herefor more images and information.
* Blackhawks goaltenderCorey Crawfordrevealed his new mask for the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series. The mask includes various Blackhawks logos as well as Crawfords personal touch.Click herefor more images and details.
* Blackhawks goaltenderAntti Raantadisplayed the new mask and equipment he will sport for the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series. Instead of his normal design, the mask honors longtime Blackhawk and Hockey Hall of FamerEd Belfour.
If you think about great Chicago Blackhawks [goaltenders], you think of Eddie Belfour and everybody says Eddie the Eagle, said Raanta. I didnt have any ideas for the outdoor game mask and I was thinking it would be nice to respect a great goalkeeper in that kind of game. So, I got the idea for the mask from the Phoenix guy who painted it. He said it would be pretty awesome and it turned out to be pretty awesome.
* Canucks goaltenderEddie Lackrevealed a new mask for the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic that honors other Swedish players who have suited up for the franchise. He also debuted new equipment that pays tribute to the 1915 Stanley Cup-winning Vancouver Millionaires.
I wanted to get special gear made up for such a special event, said Lack, a native of Norrtlje, Sweden. I think it looks sick.
Home Team in Caps
BUFFALO 3, Carolina 2
EHRHOFF LIFTS SABRES OVER HURRICANES
Christian Ehrhoffscored twice, including the game-winning goal with 43.4 seconds remaining in regulation, to help the Sabres end a four-game skid.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Ehrhoff is the first defenseman in Sabres history to score a go-ahead goal in the final minute of the third period and the first Buffalo player to do so since March 11, 2006, whenMike Grierpotted the tiebreaking goal with 4.6 seconds left in regulation in a 6-5 victory over the Flyers.
* Ehrhoffs goal marked the 15th time this season a go-ahead goal has been scored in the final minute of regulation (courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau):
* Ehrhoff recorded his first multi-goal game since Nov. 20, 2009, when he posted 2-13 in a 5-2 victory for the Canucks over the Avalanche. He now has 3-47 in his past seven games.
Sabres goaltenderRyan Millermade 36 saves and also collected two assists. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is the first NHL goaltender to record two assists in a game sinceCory Schneiderdid so for the Canucks on Dec. 11, 2010, versus the Lightning. Miller also is the first Sabres goaltender to post such a game sinceDaren Puppaon Jan. 14, 1991, against the Maple Leafs . . . Hurricanes forwardAlexander Seminscored his ninth goal in his past 12 games. He had six goals in his first 34 outings of the season . . . Sabres forwardDrew Staffordposted two assists and now has 6-511 in his last eight games.
SNEAK PEEK AT WEDNESDAYS ACTION
All Times Eastern
Boston @ Buffalo, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, TSN2
Detroit @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m., TSN, RDS, FS-D
Los Angeles @ Colorado, 10:00 p.m., NBCSN, TSN2
St. Louis @ Vancouver, 10:30 p.m., FS-MW, SNET-P
DOUBLEHEADER HIGHLIGHTS WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIVALRY
NBCSNs Wednesday Night Rivalry telecast features a pair of games:
First, the Bruins visit the Sabres at First Niagara Center in the fourth of five meetings this season. Boston won two of the first three matchups, scoring a 5-2 victory Oct. 23 in Buffalo and a 4-1 decision Dec. 21 at home. Overall, the Bruins are 8-1-2 in their last 11 games and 4-0-2 in their past six on the road.
The Kings then face off against the Avalanche in their third and final meeting of 2013-14. Each of the first two games went past regulation, with Colorado picking up a 1-0 overtime victory Nov. 23 and Los Angeles securing a 3-2 shootout win Dec. 21. Overall, the Kings have lost nine of their last 11 games (2-8-1), while the Avalanche have won 10 of their past 14.
Source: NHL Media