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2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series – Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles
Anaheim Ducks 3, Los Angeles Kings 0 – January 25, 2014
HILLER POSTS SECOND SHUTOUT IN AN OUTDOOR REGULAR-SEASON NHL GAME
Anaheim goaltender Jonas Hiller made 36 saves in recording the second shutout in an outdoor regular-season NHL game. Calgary’s Miikka Kiprusoff turned aside all 39 Montreal shots in a 4-0 win in the 2011 Tim Hortons NHL
Heritage Classic at McMahon Stadium in Calgary.
Hiller, who will represent Switzerland at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia next month, notched his fourth shutout of the season and won for the 15th time in his past 17 appearances in improving to 24-6-4
overall. He is tied for second among NHL goaltenders in shutouts, one behind League leader Tuukka Rask of Boston, and ranks fifth in wins.
HILLER STOPS KOPITAR PENALTY SHOT ATTEMPT
Los Angeles forward Anze Kopitar’s penalty shot attempt against Anaheim goaltender Jonas Hiller was the second in an outdoor NHL regular-season game. New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist made a game-saving stop on Philadelphia Flyers forward Daniel Briere late in the third period of the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.
Penalty Shots in Outdoor NHL Regular-Season Games
Daniel Briere (Philadelphia) unsuccessful against Henrik Lundqvist (NY Rangers), at 19:40 of the third period, Jan. 2, 2012, at Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia. NY Rangers 3, Philadelphia 2. (2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic)
Anze Kopitar (Los Angeles) unsuccessful against Jonas Hiller (Anaheim) at 9:46 of the first period, Jan. 25, 2014, at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles.Anaheim 3, Los Angeles 0 (2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series)
DUCKS’ PERRY SCORES LEAGUE-LEADING NINTH GAME-WINNING GOAL
Corey Perry’s goal at 2:45 of the first period stood up as the game-winner, increasing his League-leading total of game-winning goals this season to nine. Perry has tallied 31 GWG since the beginning of the 2010-11 season, seven more than the next closest player (Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos has 24).
DUCKS CONTINUE TORRID PACE IN 2013-14
The Ducks improved their League-leading record to 39-10-5 for 83 points, seven ahead the second-overall Chicago Blackhawks (32-9-12, 76 points). The Ducks have posted their best record ever through 54 games. They are 21-3-0 in their last 24 outings, including a 10-2-0 mark on the road in that span.
NHL OUTDOOR GAME ATTENDANCE TOPS HALF A MILLION
The announced attendance of 54,099 at Dodger Stadium pushed total attendance for the nine regular-season outdoor NHL games to 523,004. The per-game average is 58,112.
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
Total: 523,004 Per-Game Average: 58,112
DUCKS TAKE WARMEST OUTDOOR GAME IN NHL HISTORY
Tonight’s game was the first outdoor regular-season NHL game played in the U.S. west of the Mississippi River, the southernmost outdoor game in League history and the first-ever outdoor NHL game in California. The start time temperature of 63 degrees was the warmest for a regular season outdoor NHL game. The previous high was 51 degrees, set at the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.
Weather Conditions at Previous Regular Season Outdoor NHL Games
2003 Molson Canadian NHL Heritage Classic, Edmonton: -2°F/-19°C, clear, severe wind chill
2008 Amp Energy NHL Winter Classic, Buffalo: 33°F /1°C, flurries 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, Chicago: 32°F /0°C, overcast, swirling wind
2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, Boston: 39°F/4°C, overcast
2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, Pittsburgh: 51°F/10°C, overcast, light rain
2011 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic, Calgary: 16°F/-9°C, clear, wind
2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, Philadelphia: 41°F/5°C, partly cloudy
2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, Ann Arbor: 13°F/-11°C, snow, swirling wind
BOUDREAU IMPROVES TO 2-0 OUTDOORS
Anaheim’s Bruce Boudreau joins Boston’s Claude Julien as the only head coaches to win two outdoor regular-season NHL games. Boudreau previously led the Washington Capitals to a 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins at the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field.
Julien captured the 2003 NHL Heritage Classic with Montreal and the 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic with the Boston Bruins.
SELANNE NOTCHES ASSIST IN FIRST NHL OUTDOOR GAME
Playing in his first outdoor regular-season NHL game, Anaheim forward Teemu Selanne recorded an assist on Matt Beleskey’s first-period goal. Selanne leads the Ducks in career scoring against the Kings, tallying 119 points (52 goals, 67 assists) in 105 games.
THE STARS COME OUT TO WATCH HOCKEY UNDER THE STARS
Among the notable hockey fans from the world of entertainment in attendance were Jon Hamm, Jerry Bruckheimer, Zach Galifianakis, Matthew Perry, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Alyssa Milano, Taylor Lautner, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Smith, Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard, Joe Manganiello, Erin Andrews, Colin Hanks, Retta, Lisa Ling, Isaiah Mustafa, Pat Sajak, Joy Bryant, Tom Arnold, Neal McDonough, Michael Rosenbaum, David Henrie, Matisyahu, Brian Tee, Pia Toscano, Jason Thompson, Bailee Madison and Victor Micallef and Clifton Murray of The Tenors.
Wayne Gretzky was joined at the game by his family, including Janet Gretzky , Paulina Gretzky, Ty Gretzky, Trevor Gretzky, Tristan Gretzky and Emma Gretzky; and Paulina’s fiance, PGA golfer Dustin Johnson.
Also in attendance were professional volleyball players Kerri Walsh, Phil Dalhausser and April Ross; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Matt Barkley; and past and present Los Angeles Dodgers, including Brian Wilson, Nomar Garciaparra, Tommy Lasorda and Fernando Valenzuela.
The game included performances from legendary rock band and 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees KISS (pre-game and first intermission), Jordin Sparks (U.S. national anthem) and singer/songwriter John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting (second intermission).
VISITING TEAMS CONTINUE OUTDOOR GAME SUCCESS
Anaheim’s victory improved the record of visiting clubs in regular-season outdoor NHL games to 7-1-1. The only winning home club is the Boston Bruins, who defeated Philadelphia 2-1 in overtime in the 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Fenway Park in Boston.
DUCKS REDUCE KINGS’ RAZOR-THIN EDGE IN ALL-TIME SERIES
Tonight marked the 115th regular-season meeting between the Kings and Ducks, with the clubs posting nearly identical records in the all-time series. Over their 20-year rivalry, the Kings hold a one-point edge in points earned (LA is 53-42-20 for 126 points; ANA is 51-41-23 for 125 points).
WEST COAST BIAS POST-GAME SHOW
Following the game, West Coast Bias aired live from Dodger Stadium on NHL Network Radio, where we were joined by Kevin Smith, Colin Hanks, Heidi Androl and more. Click here to listen to the free replay.
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