2017 NHL Stadium Series

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2017 NHL Stadium Series
2017 NHL Stadium Series.png
123 Total
Philadelphia Flyers 011 2
Pittsburgh Penguins 112 4
Date February 25, 2017
Arena Heinz Field
City Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Attendance 67,318
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The 2017 NHL Stadium Series (officially the 2017 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series for sponsorship reasons) was a regular season National Hockey League (NHL) game played outdoors, part of the Stadium Series of games held at football or baseball stadiums. The Philadelphia Flyers played against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on February 25, 2017.[1]

This was the only game in the Stadium Series scheduled during the 2016–17 NHL season (as opposed to multiple games in 2016), but the fourth and last outdoor regular-season games during that season. An announced attendance of 67,318 made the game one of the most attended outdoor NHL games in history.[2]

Background[edit]

The game was played to help mark the 50th anniversary of the Expansion of 1967, in which the Flyers and the Penguins, along with four other teams, were formed to double the league's size. This Flyers–Penguins rivalry matchup was originally considered for the 2017 NHL Winter Classic in January, but scheduling conflicts with the National Football League in both cities, along with the belief that Beaver Stadium (a neutral site venue mentioned as a potential site for a Flyers–Penguins outdoor contest) was not properly equipped to host an event during the winter, led to plans for a matchup being moved to a later date as a Stadium Series game in February.[3]

Heinz Field previously hosted the 2011 NHL Winter Classic. This was also the Penguins' fourth outdoor game (after the 2008 and 2011 Winter Classics, and the 2014 Stadium Series), and the Flyers' third (after the 2010 and 2012 Winter Classics).

Game summary[edit]

Pittsburgh's Jake Guentzel recorded two assists and Matt Murray made 39 saves en route to a 4-2 victory over Philadelphia. The Penguins got goals from Sidney Crosby, Nick Bonino, Matt Cullen and Chad Ruhwedel. Jakub Voracek and Shayne Gostisbehere scored for the Flyers.[4]

Scoring summary
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st PIT Sidney Crosby (34) Jake Guentzel (7) and Scott Wilson (13) 11:18 1–0 PIT
2nd PIT Nick Bonino (9) - pp Jake Guentzel (8) and Brian Dumoulin (10) 6:44 2–0 PIT
PHL Jakub Voracek (16) Andrew MacDonald (12) 11:14 2–1 PIT
3rd PIT Matt Cullen (10) Eric Fehr (5) and Tom Kuhnhackl (5) 1:50 3–1 PIT
PHL Shayne Gostisbehere (5) - pp Claude Giroux (31) and Brayden Schenn (21) 6:48 3–2 PIT
PIT Chad Ruhwedel (2) Evgeni Malkin (36) 14:06 4–2 PIT
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 PIT Evgeni Malkin Unsportsmanlike conduct 6:39 2:00
PHL Ivan Provorov Hooking 16:25 2:00
2nd PHL Shayne Gostisbehere Interference 5:08 2:00
PIT Eric Fehr Roughing 7:20 2:00
PIT Chris Kunitz Roughing 10:50 2:00
PHL Dale Weise Roughing 10:50 2:00
PHL Brandon Manning Holding 19:09 2:00
3rd PIT Jake Guentzel Holding 6:34 2:00
PIT Cameron Gaunce Tripping 11:19 2:00
PHL Shayne Gostisbehere Interference 15:41 2:00
PHL Wayne Simmonds Slashing 18:00 2:00

Team rosters[edit]

^ Marc-André Fleury and Steve Mason dressed as the back-up goaltenders. Neither entered the game.

Scratches[edit]

Officials[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2017 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series™ to Include Pittsburgh Penguins Against Philadelphia Flyers at Heinz Field". NHL.com. March 9, 2016. Retrieved December 6, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Fans Brave Dropping Temperatures For NHL Stadium Series Game". KDKA-TV. February 25, 2017. Retrieved March 6, 2017. 
  3. ^ Rutherford, Jeremy (February 7, 2016). "Blues could host Blackhawks in 2017 Winter Classic". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved December 6, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Penguins defeat Flyers in Stadium Series game". NHL.com. February 25, 2017. Retrieved March 4, 2018.