Photos: Yankee Stadium Hosts Its First Hockey Game

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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.

Rangers forward Dominic Moore plays catch before the game. Photo: Len Redkoles/2014 NHLI
Photo: Len Redkoles/2014 NHLI
Photo: Dave Sandford/2014 NHLI
The game's opening face-off. Photo: Dave Sandford/2014 NHLI
Action during the second period. Photo: Dave Sandford/2014 NHLI
Rangers coach Alain Vigneault and his snazzy jacket. Photo: Bruce Bennett/2014 Getty Images
The Rangers celebrate a goal in the snow. Photo: Bruce Bennett/2014 Getty Images
A view from the upper deck. Photo: Al Bello/2014 Getty Images
Photo: Scott Levy/2014 Madison Square Garden, L.P.
The Devils celebrate a goal. Photo: Bruce Bennett/2014 Getty Images
Henrik Lundqvist makes a save against Travis Zajac. Photo: Bruce Bennett/2014 Getty Images
The Rangers celebrate a goal. Photo: Brian Babineau/2014 NHLI
Action in the snow. Photo: Bruce Bennett/2014 Getty Images
Fans watch as a light snow falls. Photo: Len Redkoles/2014 NHLI
Photo: LI-Aerial/2013 Getty Images