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The skate outdoors: Habs win Heritage

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Edmonton, AB (Sports Network) - and scored two goals apiece in the frigid outdoor air of Commonwealth Stadium, leading the Montreal to a 4-3 victory over Edmonton in a unique Heritage Classic. The players skated through below-freezing temperatures in front of 57,167 fans, a record attendance for professional hockey. The thermometer remained at two degrees Fahrenheit throughout, but it didn't seem to phase Montreal goaltender .

Theodore made 34 saves for the , who snapped a two-game slide and improved to 3-5-1-1 in the month of November. added two assists in the win.

, Jarrett Stoll and scored the Edmonton goals, with Stoll and Staios keeping it close with late tallies. stopped 19- of-23 shots in net for the , who had a four-game winning streak halted.

It was downright chilly at gametime -- but the goaltenders came out on fire. Theodore and Conklin combined for 17 saves in a scoreless first period, with Theodore turning aside 12 shots, including a late opportunity by Edmonton forward .

The then jumped on the board when Zednik scored his fifth of the season just 39 seconds into the second stanza.

Perreault made it 2-0 midway through the second when, on a power play, he followed up on a bouncing rebound and stuffed the puck past Conklin. But the finally got on the board a few minutes later when Brewer's tip-in trickled under Theodore's left skate to make it 2-1 with 6:15 remaining in the period.

Perrault made a nice move for his second goal of the game, handing the a 3-1 lead just 2:22 into the third. He received a pass behind the net from , and rather than sending it out front, kept it himself, wheeling around the cage and sliding it past Conklin for his seventh of the season.

Edmonton made it interesting later in the third, pulling within 3-2 when Stoll picked up a rebound in front and stuffed it home with 6:54 remaining to play.

Zednik made a nice move on Conklin just over a minute later, scoring his second of the game to make it 4-2, but Staios' goal 39 seconds after that restored the drama.

Theodore was knocked down on the play and while sprawled out in front, didn't make it back in time to stop the point shot by Staios. But he was solid for the remaining five minutes and kept Edmonton out of the net to preserve the win.

The game was preceded by an exhibition featuring alumni of both the and Habs. The Edmonton club was represented by the likes of Wayne Gretzky, , Jari Kurri, Paul Coffey, Grant Fuhr and Kevin Lowe, while Montreal's contingent included Guy Lafleur, Guy Lapointe, Kirk Muller, Bobby Smith, Larry Robinson, Guy Carbonneau and , among others.

Participants in the Alumni Game can account for 129 engravings on the Stanley Cup.

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