Photos: Yankee Stadium Hosts Its First Hockey Game

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) A general view of action from the upper seats in the first period during the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Yankee Stadium on January 26, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images) Photo: Len Redkoles/2014 NHLI

There's been chatter about staging an outdoor hockey game in the Bronx since before the Yankees' old ballpark was torn down, and yesterday, it finally happened, with the first of this week's two NHL Stadium Series contests at the new Yankee Stadium. 

In front of 50,105 bundled-up fans, the Rangers defeated the Devils, 7-3, on a rink constructed atop the stadium's infield. (Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, who was pulled after allowing six goals on 21 shots through two periods, blasted the quality of the ice, though he might also want to blast the team in front of him, which allowed odd-man rush after odd-man rush.) A day after the Kings and Ducks played a game outdoors at Dodger Stadium (game-time temperature: 61 degrees), fans in New York watched as a light snow fell during part of the game, which was delayed some 40 minutes because of glare on the ice. (Game-time temperature in the Bronx: 24 degrees.)

A little snow, however, means even better visuals. Here, some images from the day.

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Dominic Moore #28 of the New York Rangers throws a baseball on the field prior to the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Yankee Stadium on January 26, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images) Photo: Len Redkoles
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Dominic Moore #28, Brian Boyle #22 and Brad Richards #19 of the New York Rangers walk out of the dugout and make their way to the ice surface for the start of the second period of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Yankee Stadium on January 26, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images) Photo: Len Redkoles
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Goaltender Martin Brodeur #30 of the New Jersey Devils makes his way to the ice surface prior to the first period during the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series against the New Jersey Devils at Yankee Stadium on January 26, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images) Photo: Dave Sandford
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) A general view of action of the opening faceoff between the New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Yankee Stadium on January 26, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images) Photo: Dave Sandford
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Brad Richards #19 and John Moore #17 of the New York Rangers vie for the puck with Ryan Carter #20 and Steve Bernier #18 of the New Jersey Devils in the high slot area of the Rangers zone in the second period during the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Yankee Stadium on January 26, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images) Photo: Dave Sandford
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Head coach Alain Vigneault of the New York Rangers and his team look on during the first period against the New Jersey Devils during the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Yankee Stadium on January 26, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Photo: Bruce Bennett
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Carl Hagelin #62 of the New York Rangers celebrates his second period goal against the New Jersey Devils with teammates during the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Yankee Stadium on January 26, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Photo: Bruce Bennett
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Fans react to the first goal of the game by Patrik Elias #26 of the New Jersey Devils against the New York Rangers during the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Yankee Stadium on January 26, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) Photo: Al Bello
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers tracks the puck during the game against the New Jersey Devils during the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Yankee Stadium on January 26, 2014 in the Bronx Borough of New York City. (Photo by Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images) Photo: Scott Levy
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Patrik Elias #26 of the New Jersey Devils celebrates a first period against the New York Rangers with teammates during the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Yankee Stadium on January 26, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Photo: Bruce Bennett
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers makes a save against Travis Zajac #19 of the New Jersey Devils during the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Yankee Stadium on January 26, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Photo: Bruce Bennett
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Mats Zuccarello #36 of the New York Rangers celebrates with Derick Brassard #16, Benoit Pouliot #67, Kevin Klein #8 and John Moore #17 after scoring in the second period of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series against the New Jersey Devils at Yankee Stadium on January 26, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images) Photo: Brian Babineau
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers makes a save against the New Jersey Devils during the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Yankee Stadium on January 26, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Photo: Bruce Bennett
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Snow falls as fans watch the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Yankee Stadium on January 26, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images) Photo: Len Redkoles
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Aerial view of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series between the New York Rangers and the New Jersey Devils at Yankee Stadium on January 26, 2014 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by LI-Aerial/Getty Images) Photo: LI-Aerial