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On November 22, 2003, the Canadiens faced the Edmonton Oilers in the NHL’s first-ever outdoor game.
Playing in Siberian conditions in front of a record crowd of 57,167 fans, Richard Zednik was the first to make a mark on the score sheet, beating Ty Conklin 39 seconds into the second period. Yanic Perreault followed suit at the midway mark of the contest, and when the Habs retreated to their heated dressing room for the second time, they held a 2-1 lead.
Obviously unaffected by the cold, Perreault and Zednik each found the twine a second time in the closing period to propel the Canadiens to a historic 4-3 victory.
Goaltender José Théodore, who finished the night with 34 saves, donned a red, white and blue tuque over his mask to protect himself from the frigid weather, setting off a veritable fashion frenzy in Quebec.