CALGARY AB - FEBRUARY 20: The Calgary Flames and the Montreal Canadiens shake hands following the 2011 NHL Heritage Classic Game at McMahon Stadium on February 20 2011 in Calgary Alberta Canada. The Flames defeated the Canadiens 4-0. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/Getty Images)

NHL Scores And More: Miikka Kiprusoff's Heritage Classic Shutout, Todd Bertuzzi's 1,000th Game Highlight Big Sunday

Miikka Kiprusoff pitched the first outdoor shutout in NHL history in the 2011 Heritage Classic in Calgary. Elsewhere, Todd Bertuzzi scored the winner in his 1,000th game and the Flyers took zero penalties (!).

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Canadiens Vs. Flames: Heritage Classic 2011 Ends With Another Calgary Win

There was something different about last night's Heritage Classic. Something we haven't seen in these outdoor games just yet. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that the game was in Canada, but it seemed like the crowd at McMahon Stadium was there to enjoy a hockey game first, an NHL spectacle second.

Then again, that might have something to do with the fact this game was played just a week before the NHL's trading deadline in February, not on New Year's Day when the postseason seems miles away. 

Last night's game in Calgary was important because it represented two points in the standings, and after getting over the whole "they're playing outside!" thing, that was the overwhelming take away. The Montreal Canadiens played too cute for the difficult outdoor conditions, and the Calgary Flames continued their recent dominance. 

Rene Bourque paced the Flames with two goals, and Miikka Kiprusoff was brilliant in pitching the first shutout in outdoor NHL history. 41,022 fans packed into the stadium to watch the win, and while it was a fantastic spectacle and all that good stuff, the most important thing is that the Flames have climbed all the way to sixth in the West.

Get the full story on yesterday's Heritage Classic with our StoryStream. Also, check in with Habs Eyes On The Prize and Matchsticks & Gasoline for reports on the scene from Calgary. 


Flyers Vs. Rangers: Philadelphia Takes No Penalties, Holds Off New York Comeback

The Flyers did something yesterday that they've only done two other times in their history. Come on, it's the Flyers. You can guess this. 


Yes, for the first time since a loss in November 2000, the Philadelphia Flyers went an entire game without committing a penalty. Considering they were at Madison Square Garden in New York City for this one, that's all the more shocking.

Coming in to Sunday's contest, the Flyers were seemingly ready for revenge. In the last meeting between these teams, Sean Avery had pummeled the heck out of Philadelphia defenseman Matt Carle. It was Carle's first NHL fight and Avery beat him even after dropping him to the ice. The orange and black were furious at the time, but on Sunday, revenge never happened. That storyline never played out at all.

That's probably because the Rangers jumped to a 1-0 lead after a shaky Flyers start, and after a Philadelphia comeback ignited by Jeff Carter and Claude Giroux gave them the lead, New York was still in the midst of their own comeback effort. It was a close game in late February with severe implications for the Blueshirts, and when games get that playoff feel to them, the whistles usually vanish and the hockey usually wins the day.

At the end of this Sunday, despite a 15-3 Rangers shot barrage in the third period, Philadelphia was able to hold on and pull out another two points. 


Red Wings Vs. Wild: Todd Bertuzzi's 1,000th Game Ends With Shootout Winner

Sunday was a day of milestones in Minnesota.

Todd Bertuzzi scored the game-winning shootout goal in his 1,000th career game as the Detroit Red Wings topped the Wild in a difficult defensive struggle. Martin Havlat tied the game in the third period with his 500th career point. Breakaway!

The game would stay tied until overtime and the shootout, when Bertuzzi's lone goal was the tiebreaker that sent the Wild faithful into the blizzard angry. Nicklas Backstrom's responsible for earning his team an important point in the standings, though, as he made 38 saves on 39 shots. 

Elsewhere in the NHL...

Blackhawks 3, Penguins 2 (OT): Chicago blew two leads in this one but ultimately, thanks to a Patrick Kane shootout tally in the third round, were able to get a desperately needed two points from the ravaged Penguins. Matt Cooke scored a shorthanded goal and probably deserved several more goals in his first game back from a four-game suspension.

Capitals 2, Sabres 1: Ryan Miller made 27 saves and still lost. He should probably blame Mathieu Perreault for that. The Capitals forward was key on both Washington goals, scoring one and throwing the game-winner at the net before a Marcus Johansson deflection beat Miller. Seymon Varlamov made 28 saves in the win.

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