On Saturday, the Pittsburgh Penguins played the Chicago Blackhawks at Soldier Field in the finale of the NHL’s increasingly popular outdoor Stadium Series. It was a battle between two of the league’s most popular and successful franchises with the Hawks coming out on top with a 5-1 victory in a fitting Chicago snowstorm. Here’s a photo recap:
The Shannon Rovers Irish Pipe Band during player introductions.
17 degree weather couldn’t quiet the massive crowd of 62,921.
The ice crew had their work cut out for them with massive amounts of snow to shovel prior to the game and during TV timeouts.
Patrick Sharp put the Hawks ahead 1-0 with the only goal of the first period.
Jonathan Toews celebrating his unassisted goal in the second period.
Kris Versteeg posing triumphantly after his tenth goal of the season, which put the Hawks up 3-0 heading into the third period.
Despite freezing temperatures, two brave fans made shirtless snow angels.
The Penguins were finally able to get on the board after Blackhawks defensemen Brent Seabrook knocked the puck into his own net in the third period. Pittsburgh’s James Neal was credited with the goal.
Bryan Bickell had his ninth goal of the season and the fourth goal of the night for the Blackhawks.
Toews finished the night off with two goals — scoring his second with just over two minutes left in the game — and one assist.
At the end of the game there were fireworks for the fans who braved the cold and stuck around.