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Snowy 2014 Winter Classic enchants, but game was the worst one yet

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Wintry conditions hampered the quality of play for both the Maples Leafs and the Red Wings. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Wintry conditions hampered the quality of play for both teams, but they battled through them. (Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

Winter? Sure. The NHL’s game of the year was postcard pretty, with the falling snow clashing brilliantly with the bright red and blue sweaters of the Red Wings and the Maple Leafs.

But a classic? Not quite.

Toronto’s 3-2 shootout win over Detroit at the Big House was heavy on the spectacle that draws in the casual viewer — which, of course, is the primary focus of the event — but it was a miserable display of hockey. For most of the contest, this was two middling teams playing to prevent goals rather than score them. Even the Red Wings’ sublimely gifted Pavel Datsyuk was reduced to playing dump-and-chase rather than showcasing his skills in front of the largest crowd in NHL history and a massive TV audience.

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  • Published On Jan 01, 2014
  • Taking the NHL Outside: The making of stadium hockey

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    By Tim Newcomb

    It doesn’t take a meteorologist to know that a sheet of NHL ice outdoors — in stadiums that seat more than 100,000, no less — offers both an aesthetically pleasing visual effect and plenty of challenging weather questions. Just ask NHL ice guru Dan Craig.

    The league has expanded its outdoor program from one or two games per year to six across five North American stadiums — including Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles — presenting Craig with his biggest and most difficult job yet. The scariest part? All of his efforts in the widely varying locales will be at the mercy of the elements, which will ultimately determine the final quality of the ice.

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    The 2014 outdoor series begins with the Maple Leafs against the Red Wings at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on Jan. 1. Craig tells Sports Illustrated that he’s hoping for a “party house,” and he may get one. “Michigan, because it is the Big House, it will be absolutely amazing to stand out on that field and have 110,000 screaming fans,” he says. “I can’t imagine that, as a hockey player. They will get jacked right up.”

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  • Published On Dec 31, 2013
  • Winter Classic cancelled by NHL’s latest act of self destruction

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    Gary Bettman and Winter Classic

    We interrupt this event to bring you the following dire announcement. (Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

    By Stu Hackel

    As the old public relations maxim goes, “Always release bad news late on Fridays” because people will pay less attention to it once the weekend rolls around. So perhaps it is no coincidence that the NHL has dropped major cancellations on us each of the last two. Last week, it wiped out the November schedule and this time it cancelled one of its signature events — perhaps its main regular season event — the Winter Classic along with Detroit’s Hockeytown Festival, all victims of the stalled CBA negotiations and the owners’ lockout of the players.

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  • Published On Nov 02, 2012