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NHL 100 Classic
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1 2 3 OT Total
Montreal Canadiens 0 0 0 {{{visitor_OT}}} 0
Ottawa Senators 0 1 2 {{{home_OT}}} 3
Date December 16, 2017
Arena TD Place Stadium
City Ottawa, Ontario
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Attendance 33,959

The NHL 100 Classic (branded as the Scotiabank NHL 100 Classic for sponsorship reasons) was a regular season outdoor National Hockey League (NHL) game held on December 16, 2017. The game featured the Ottawa Senators playing the Montreal Canadiens at TD Place Stadium in Ottawa (referred to as "Lansdowne Park" due to naming rights conflicts with an official sponsor of the NHL). It was the first of the three scheduled outdoor regular season games in the 2017–18 NHL season.

As part of the NHL's centennial and local celebrations of Canada's sesquicentennial, the game was a rematch of one of the first two NHL games held on December 19, 1917, played between the Canadiens and the original Ottawa Senators. The Senators shut out the Canadiens, 3–0, with Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson making 28 saves.[1]

It marked the first outdoor game hosted by Ottawa, and the second that Ottawa has participated in; they previously faced the Vancouver Canucks in the 2014 Heritage Classic.[2] This was Montreal's fourth time appearing in an outdoor game.

Background[]

The NHL 100 Classic was announced during a press conference on March 17, 2017.[3] As part of the league's centennial celebrations, the game honoured the 100th anniversary of the first games of the NHL's inaugural season, held on December 19, 1917. Two games were played that night: the original Ottawa Senators hosted the Montreal Canadiens, which started at 8:30 pm, and the Toronto Arenas hosted the Montreal Wanderers which started at 8:15 pm.[4] The game was also part of Ottawa's festivities for the Canadian sesquicentennial.[3] According to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman: "To launch our next 100 years, we believe it is only right to bring the Canadiens and the Senators back together."[5]

Mayor of Ottawa Jim Watson remarked that he had spent a significant amount of time to convince the NHL to hold an outdoor game in Ottawa, noting that "at some point I think I could be accused of harassment — borderline harassment — for the calls that went back and forth between my office and the NHL and the Senators. But it all came together."[3] At one point, the game was proposed to be played at a temporary venue on Parliament Hill, but the proposal was denied by the Department of Canadian Heritage due to logistical concerns.[3] The league also explored holding the outdoor game on November 26, 2017, on the 100th anniversary of the league's founding.[6] The league also felt that the 25,000-seat Percival Molson Memorial Stadium in Montreal was too small to host such a game.[6]

Senators owner Eugene Melnyk suggested that an outdoor game involving the Senators' American Hockey League affiliate, the Belleville Senators (which moved from Binghamton, New York for the 2017–18 season)[7] could be held as an undercard to the game, but this was not feasible.[2]

Other festivities[]

Outside in Lansdowne Park, and inside the Aberdeen Pavilion, a "Pre-Game" area was set up. The area hosted the Stanley Cup for pictures, and various sponsor and media set up interactive exhibits and games. The games involved various puck-shooting drills, such as into a washing machine and goal net targets.

A major junior game between the Ottawa 67's of the Ontario Hockey League (who were celebrating their 50th anniversary; the team was established and named in honour of Canada's centennial) and the Gatineau Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) was held on the rink on the following day, December 17, with the Olympiques winning 4–1. It marked the first outdoor Canadian Hockey League interleague game, and the seventh CHL outdoor game overall.[8][9]

Television[]

The NHL 100 Classic was scheduled as the main 7 p.m. (Eastern Time) Hockey Night in Canada game, simulcast on both CBC Television and Sportsnet, as well as the French-language La super soirée LNH game on TVA Sports. NBCSN simulcast the HNIC feed in the United States.

Game summary[]

December 16, 2017 Montreal Canadiens 0–3 Ottawa Senators TD Place Stadium Recap

Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson stopped all 28 Montreal shots, while Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Bobby Ryan and Nate Thompson each scored a goal. For the Canadiens, Carey Price made 35 saves in the loss.[10]

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st No scoring plays
2nd OTT Jean-Gabriel Pageau (4) Erik Karlsson (19), Tom Pyatt (9) 14:55 1–0 OTT
3rd OTT Bobby Ryan (3) Unassisted 17:02 2–0 OTT
OTT Nate Thompson (4) - en Mark Stone (14) 19:49 3–0 OTT
Number in parenthesis represents the player's total in goals or assists to that point of the season
Penalty summary
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st MTL Byron Froese Slashing 16:09 2:00
2nd MTL Phillip Danault High-sticking 00:21 2:00
3rd MTL Max Pacioretty Tripping 00:32 2:00
OTT Thomas Chabot Holding 05:50 2:00

Shots by period
Team 1 2 3 Total
Montreal 8 8 12 28
Ottawa 14 15 9 38

Power play opportunities
Team Goals/Opportunities
Montreal 0/1
Ottawa 0/3

Three star selections
Team Player Statistics
1st OTT Erik Karlsson 1 assist
2nd MTL Carey Price 35 saves
3rd OTT Jean-Gabriel Pageau 1 goal

Team rosters[]

Montreal Canadiens
# Player Position
6 Flag of Canada Shea Weber (A) D
8 Flag of Canada Jordie Benn D
11 Flag of Canada Brendan Gallagher (A) RW
14 Flag of the Czech Republic Tomas Plekanec (A) C
20 Flag of Canada Nicolas Deslauriers LW
21 Flag of Canada David Schlemko D
22 Flag of Canada Karl Alzner D
24 Flag of Canada Phillip Danault C
26 Flag of the United States Jeff Petry D
27 Flag of the United States Alex Galchenyuk LW
28 Flag of the Czech Republic Jakub Jerabek D
31 Flag of Canada Carey Price G
37 Flag of Finland Antti Niemi G
41 Flag of Canada Paul Byron LW
42 Flag of Canada Byron Froese C
43 Flag of Canada Daniel Carr LW
54 Flag of Canada Charles Hudon LW
65 Flag of Canada Andrew Shaw C
67 Flag of the United States Max Pacioretty (C) LW
92 Flag of Canada Jonathan Drouin C
Head coach: Flag of Canada Claude Julien

Ottawa Senators
# Player Position
1 Flag of the United States Mike Condon G
2 Flag of Canada Dion Phaneuf (A) D
5 Flag of Canada Cody Ceci D
9 Flag of the United States Bobby Ryan RW
10 Flag of Canada Tom Pyatt C
14 Flag of Canada Alexandre Burrows RW
15 Flag of Canada Zack Smith C
17 Flag of the United States Nate Thompson C
18 Flag of the United States Ryan Dzingel LW
19 Flag of Canada Derick Brassard C
29 Flag of Sweden Johnny Oduya D
33 Flag of Sweden Fredrik Claesson D
40 Flag of Canada Gabriel Dumont C
41 Flag of the United States Craig Anderson G
44 Flag of Canada Jean-Gabriel Pageau C
61 Flag of Canada Mark Stone (A) RW
65 Flag of Sweden Erik Karlsson (C) D
68 Flag of Canada Mike Hoffman LW
72 Flag of Canada Thomas Chabot D
95 Flag of Canada Matt Duchene C
Head coach: Flag of Canada Guy Boucher

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