The Instigators: Episode Sixteen – Heritage Classic

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The Instigators Crew served up a best of episode this week, featuring some new original content from Mike. Coach Milbury applauded the Bruins acquisitions, stating that the upgrades make Boston a legitimate Cup contender. He also added that the Bruins will really only go as far as their top players (Lucic, Thomas, Krejci, Chara, Bergeron, etc.) can take them. We think a best-of episode was just an excuse to show Daryl Reaugh’s hilarious highlight reel again. So, we figured we would discuss whatever topic we figured would have been on a new episode: The Heritage Classic!
Hockey weekend in America came and went without much fanfare. The highlight of the weekend sadly was not even in the US, as the Heritage Classic featured the Flames against the Canadiens. The game was played outdoors at the Calgary Stampeders field (McMahon stadium). With the wind chill keeping the temp at or below freezing for most of the game, it was a COLD one. Players reported that the ice was hard, the puck was bouncing, and the crew was working on the ice around the boards all game. The poor conditions made for more of a pond hockey atmosphere than a hard hitting NHL game, but the Canadiens rarely play tough so it was no change for them. With the Flames up 3-0 heading into the third period, the Canadiens did not put up much of a fight to get back into the game. Calgary eventually triumphed 4-0, notching a 39 save shutout for Miikka Kiprusoff. Rene Bourque scored twice and Anton Babchuk chipped in with a short-handed goal.
The original Heritage Classic was held was back in 2003 when the Canadiens beat host Edmonton 4-3. The Sully’s Crew hopes the league keeps up with the Heritage Classic because sponsor interest was even higher than the Winter Classics and it could be a good opportunity to get some of the better non-traditional hockey markets in an outdoor game (Ducks, Kings, Stars, Lightening, etc.).

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