Senators down Canucks in Heritage Classic

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One day after the Stadium Series finale, the Ottawa Senators and the Vancouver Canucks faced off at Vancouver’s BC Place Stadium for the third annual Heritage Classic. This game marked the first time that the Heritage Classic would be held indoors as the retractable roof was closed due to weather constraints.

In front of a crowd of 54,194 spectators, the Canucks got off to a good start in the first period. Jason Garrison scored a power play goal just under five minutes into the contest and Zack Kassian responded with an unassisted goal to give Vancouver a two goal advantage.

With just under five minutes remaining in the opening period, Ottawa overcame the early deficit to tie the game within a two minute span. Clarke MacArthur scored his 19th goal of the season while Erik Karlsson notched 16th goal on the power play to make the score 2-2 heading into intermission.

The Senators controlled the tempo for the remainder of the game by shutting out the Canucks. Cody Ceci scored halfway through the second period to give Ottawa the lead and Colin Greening sealed the deal by scoring on an empty net with just a minute and a half remaining left in regulation. Ottawa defeated Vancouver, 4-2.

A huge boost in the Senators victory came from the stellar goaltending of Craig Anderson. Anderson stopped 29 of 31 shots overall and he was especially instrumental in the final two periods by making 19 saves.

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