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NHL Short Notes

From Jan. 1 through Mar. 2, hundreds of thousands of fans experienced the excitement of NHL regular-season games at iconic stadium venues throughout North America.

* Attendance for the six combined NHL Winter Classic, Heritage Classic and Stadium Series games in 2013-14 surpassed 375,000. Overall, the 13 total games have drawn more than 740,000 fans since 2003-04:

2003 Molson Canadian NHL Heritage Classic, Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton: 57,167
2008 Amp Energy NHL Winter Classic, Ralph Wilson Stadium, Buffalo: 71,217
2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, Wrigley Field, Chicago: 40,818
2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, Fenway Park, Boston: 38,112
2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, Heinz Field, Pittsburgh: 68,111
2011 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic, McMahon Stadium, Calgary: 41,022
2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia: 46,967
2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor: 105,491
2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles: 54,099
2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, Yankee Stadium, New York (NYR at NJ): 50,105
2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, Yankee Stadium, New York (NYR at NYI): 50,027
2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, Soldier Field, Chicago: 62,921
2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic, BC Place, Vancouver: 54,194

2013-14 Attendance: 376,837 (per-game average of 62,806)
Total Attendance: 740,251 (per-game average of 56,942)

* The Canucks and Senators became the 17th and 18th NHL teams to compete in an NHL Winter Classic, Heritage Classic or Stadium Series game. A total of 448 players and head coaches have participated.

(Home Team in Caps)
Philadelphia 5, WASHINGTON 4 (OT)
San Jose 4, NEW JERSEY 2
Florida 5, NY ISLANDERS 3
Ottawa 4, VANCOUVER 2 (Heritage Classic)
Boston 6, NY RANGERS 3
COLORADO 6, Tampa Bay 3
St. Louis 4, PHOENIX 2
ANAHEIM 5, Carolina 3

Seven of the eight winning clubs Sunday trailed in their respective contests.

* Four teams (Florida, Ottawa, Philadelphia and St. Louis), all playing on the road, rallied from two-goal deficits.

* Four teams (Florida, Colorado, Philadelphia and St. Louis) overcame third-period deficits.

The Blues broke a franchise-long goalless drought of 187:44 by scoring four times in a third-period rally at Phoenix. Down 2-0 after 40 minutes, Patrick Berglund (2-0—2) opened the floodgates by scoring at 3:18 of the final frame. The Blues improved to 5-0-1 in their last six games against the Coyotes and edged in front of Chicago in their see-saw battle for first place in the Central Division.

* Ryan Miller made 23 saves in his St. Louis debut, and now holds a 7-0-0 record in his career against Phoenix. He has beaten the Coyotes three times this season, twice with Buffalo.

Vincent Lecavalier scored the overtime winner – his 900th career point – for the Flyers, who overcame deficits of 1-0, 2-1, and 4-2 in defeating the Capitals 5-4. Philadelphia leapfrogged the Rangers into second place in the Metropolitan Division.

* Lecavalier became the 11th active player to reach the 900 point plateau (397-503—900). His overtime goal was the ninth of his career.

* Claude Giroux posted 2-1—3, marking his third three-point game in his last nine outings. Giroux has 7-8—15 in his last 10 contests and sits seventh in League scoring with 21-40—61 this season.

Three of the Avalanche's four third-period goals against Tampa Bay came from defensemen, who scored four in the game. Nick Holden matched a career high with two goals, and Tyson Barrie and Erik Johnson each had one.

* Nathan MacKinnon assisted on Colorado’s first and last goals to extend his point streak to 11 games (5-11—16). The top pick in the 2013 NHL Draft also increased his rookie scoring lead, improving to 22-27—49 in 61 games this season.

* Semyon Varlamov made 31 saves to reach the 30-win mark for the first time in his NHL career. Varlamov ranks second in the League in victories, one behind Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury.

The Panthers scored four times in the third period, turning a 3-1 deficit into a 5-3 win on Long Island. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Panthers notched four times in the final frame for the first time since Mar. 19, 2013 in a 4-1 victory over Carolina. Shawn Matthias and Scottie Upshall each tallied 2-1—3 for the winners.

Led by Corey Perry's fourth three-point game of the season (2-1—3), the Ducks extended their lead atop the NHL overall standings to five points in winning their second consecutive game following the Olympic break and third overall.

* Andrew Cogliano scored his 19th goal of the season, a career high. He has tallied the game-winning goal in consecutive games following the Olympic break.

* Frederik Andersen made a career-high 49 saves, include 24 during a 26-shot Carolina barrage in the third period, to improve to 15-3-0 in his rookie season.

Dougie Hamilton recorded his first career three-point game (1-2—3) and Tuukka Rask made 39 saves for his 26th win of the season as the Bruins completed a season sweep of the Rangers (3-0-0).

* Jarome Iginla posted 1-1—2, and now has 5-12—17 in his last 11 games.

* Gregory Campbell (2-0—2) posted his first multi-goal/point game of the season, including the shorthanded game-winner at 9:04 of the third period.

* The Bruins also received multi-point efforts from Milan Lucic (1-1—2), Loui Eriksson (0-2—2), and David Krejci (0-2—2).

Washington's Mike Green tallied three assists for the first time since February 1, 2009 (1-3—4)…New Jersey's Adam Henrique (1-1—2) had his third consecutive multi-point game, giving him 100 career points…San Jose's Patrick Marleau scored and added an assist to extend his point streak to four games (3-3—6)… Carolina's Andrej Sekera scored to extend his point streak to four games (2-2—4)… Florida acquired forward Brandon Pirri from Chicago for a 3rd-round choice in the 2014 NHL Draft and a 5th-round selection in 2016.

All Times Eastern
Columbus @ Toronto, 7:00 p.m., FS-O, SNET-O
Buffalo @ Dallas, 8:00 p.m., TSN2, NBCSN
Calgary @ Minnesota, 8:00 p.m., SNET-W, FS-N
Montreal @ Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m., RDS, TSN-HABS, FS-W

Information above provided by the NHL PR department

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RockWestfall711's avatar

Lots of goals, excitement and suspense on Sunday.  A far more effective way to permanetely grow the game would be if every day were like Sunday,  Good stuff with limited paint dry shutdown snores.

Posted by RockWestfall711 from Las Vegas on 03/03/14 at 11:32 AM ET

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