NHL Stadium Series: New Jersey Devils vs. New York Rangers Photo Gallery
Despite a rocky start, the New York Rangers toppled the New Jersey Devils 7-3. The outdoor event had plenty of excitement through the first two periods, and despite the Rangers pulling away in the third, it's hard to call the event anything less than a success for the NHL at large.
Here, we'll take a look at some of the better photos captured in the first-ever hockey game played at Yankee Stadium.
50,105 in Attendance
Cold weather and a commute up to 161st Street in the Bronx couldn't keep away a near-sellout crowd of 50,105.
Announced attendance today at Yankee Stadium: 50,105 #NYRally— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) January 26, 2014
There are no official figures on how many fans from each team were present, but the crowd was diverse, which is usual for these Tri-state rivalry games.
Fighting off the Sun
Even with cold temperatures, there was concern that the beaming sun would have a negative impact on the ice conditions.
During a sun-glare delay that pushed the start time to 1:38 p.m. EST, a tarp was put on the ice to protect it.
The wind chill on Sunday made it feel as though the temperature was in single digits, prompting fans like Ed Walsh of Fairfield, Conn. (above) to readjust his scarf to fight off the fierce cold.
Warming Up in the Bullpen...
Dominic Moore scored the first of seven for the New York Rangers on the day, but prior to the game, he warmed up during the sun-glare delay by tossing a baseball around.
Practice Makes Perfect
Next to the big rink was a small practice rink that allowed for a variety of activities to take place when NHL gameplay wasn't ongoing.
Above, various NHL diversity teams use the practice facility prior to the start of the game.
Martin Brodeur Leads Them out
Martin Brodeur had yet to play in an NHL outdoor game, and unfortunately for the 41-year-old goaltender, he did not have a memorable performance.
The puck didn't seem to bounce his way, and he'd ultimately yield to Corey Schneider in the third period.
Above, he leads the team out for the start of the first period.
Blue Skies to Start
The game was delayed for a little more than an hour because of sun glare, and when it did finally kick off, the sky over Yankee Stadium was a sight to see.
Despite the sun glare, temperatures hovered in the mid-20s, and the clear skies did not hang around for the entire game.
Patrick Elias Carries the Devils Early
The New Jersey Devils were the only team that truly appeared ready to roll in this game.
Patrick Elias kicked off scoring on a breakaway pass from Ryan Clowe, and after Rangers center Dominic Moore answered, Elias potted home this goal to give the Devils a 2-1 lead.
And into the Bench They Go
Here, Ryan McDonagh gets tangled with Travis Zajac after propelling the Devils forward into the bench in the first period.
Things would be physical throughout the game but never amounted to any fighting majors.
For years, the Meadowlands in New Jersey has been home for both of New York's football teams. Today marked the first time in recent history that a New Jersey-based team called a New York venue home.
Above, a Devils fan rallies fans during the first period. The New Jersey faithful had a lot to cheer about in the first.
Carl Hagelin Breaks the Game Open in the Second
From sunshine to snowfall, the scene at Yankee Stadium continued to feel more and more like traditional outdoor hockey as the game went on.
And as the game continued, the Rangers seemed to be more and more in control of the play on the ice.
Above, Carl Hagelin celebrates his second-period goal with Marc Staal that gave the Rangers a 5-3 lead more than halfway through the game.
Mats Zuccarello Shines
Mats Zuccarello had one of his better games as a New York Ranger on Sunday, scoring the tieing and go-ahead goals in the second period.
Zucc has had a phenomenal season for New York, and there was no denying his value to the team today. He received first-star honors, as well as the Broadway Hat in the locker room after the game.
Picture: Mats Zuccarello with the Broadway Hat http://t.co/JqiHPQW55Q— Adam Rotter (@AdamRotter) January 26, 2014
Anton Stralman Dumps Andy Greene
Anton Stralman picked up his play in this one by posting two assists. He also delivered a hit on Devils defenseman Andy Green (seen above) that the box score won't tell you led directly to the sixth goal of the game for the Rangers in the second period.
The Swedish defenseman was named the third star of the game.
A Physical Game
There was certainly no love lost between these cross-river rivals, and no photo may better capture that from the day's action than this hit by the Rangers Daniel Carcillo on Marek Zidlicky during the third period.
No Third-Period Comeback in Sight
The New Jersey Devils went with Corey Schneider in net in the third period, but it was all too little, too late.
The Devils failed to add any offense after they exploded for three first-period goals.
Above, New Jersey Devils right wing Jaromir Jagr tries to retain control of the puck as New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh defends in the third period.
Derek Stepan Tacks on Another
It's rare for the NHL to see two penalty shots in two consecutive days in any capacity, let alone two penalty shots in two different outdoor games in two consecutive days—whew.
Derek Stepan did what Anze Kopitar of the Kings could not last night and tacked on the final goal of the game on his penalty shot attempt against Corey Schneider after being held by Travis Zajac on a breakaway.
Henrik Lundqivst Gets the Win
Henrik Lundqvist stopped 19 of the 22 shots he faced, pushing his outdoor record in NHL games to 2-0.
Above, he makes a save on New Jersey Devils forward Jacob Josefson, with the left field at Yankee Stadium in the background.
The old Yankee Stadium, much like the new one in design, was the first stadium to ever feature a three-decked structure, as per mlb.com.
Most of the NHL's outdoor games have ended in a handshake line, and this game was no different.
Here, Patrick Elias, arguably the best player on the Devils in the game, shakes hands with New York Rangers star Rick Nash.
Henrik Lundqvist is greeted by Dan Girardi and Dominic Moore as the Rangers celebrate their 7-3 win over the Devils.
The Swedish netminder admitted to reporters he was "sleepy" at the time the game started:
Henrik Lundqvist admitted he was sleeping at time the team was told they would drop puck at 1:38. Thought it would be much later. Hahaha.— JOHN GIANNONE (@jaygeemsg) January 26, 2014
Despite the three early goals, Lundqvist looked awake for the final two periods.
Celebration Ensues as the Rangers Win Big
Fans and players celebrate as fireworks go off marking the Rangers' 7-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils at Yankee Stadium.
Looking ahead, the New York Rangers take on the New York Islanders on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. EST. The Islanders will be the home team, and tempartures are expceted to remain frigid throughout the week.