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Hockey Day in Canada 2013: Recap of the NHL Spectacle

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[caption id="attachment_61841" align="aligncenter" width="499"]by "Derrick Casselman" via emai by "Derrick Casselman" via emai[/caption]Peterborough, Ontario was this year's official puck capital as Hockey Day in Canada 2013 featured a massive youth tournament and all seven Canadian National Hockey League teams taking to the ice.

Fans celebrated the sport Feb. 9 at events across the country. The slate included four NHL games: Edmonton Oilers at Detroit Red Wings; Winnipeg Jets vs. Ottawa Senators; Toronto Maple Leafs at Montreal Canadiens; and Calgary Flames vs. Vancouver Canucks.

Left wing Alexei Ponikarovsky and backup goalie Al Montoya led Winnipeg over Ottawa 1-0 to snap the Jets' three-game road losing streak. Ponikarovsky scored the only goal and Montoya tallied 33 saves for his third career shutout, nhl.com reports.

Canucks rookie center Jordan Schroeder scored his first two NHL goals en route to a 5-1 Vancouver victory over the Flames, nhl.com reports.

Center Pavel Datsyuk and defenseman Niklas Kronwall found the net in Detroit's third straight victory, 2-1 over Edmonton, despite the impressive season debut of Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin, who stopped 28 of 30 shots, according to nhl.com.

And the Maple Leafs coasted to a fourth straight road win, 6-0 over the Canadiens, the league website reports. James Reimer made 37 saves for his first shutout of 2012-13.

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