"How did you keep warm?" Montreal goaltender Jos� Th�odore was asked.
"I didn't," he said. "I kept cold." Th�odore had a toque affixed atop his goalie mask, perhaps the first goalie since Jacques Plante to wear one during a game. He is a butterfly goalie who normally slides across the crease on his pads, but his equipment was so stiff he simply couldn't. Th�odore had to make up saves—he had 34—as he went along. This was pond hockey, for real.
In the end the numbers that history will recall are not 4-3 but 57,167 and -1. If the Oilers and the NHL wanted to give something to their fans by playing outdoors on the cusp of a Prairie winter, the Marine-tough Edmontonians more than returned the dubious favor. Their motto: Many are cold but few are frozen.