By K.C. Johnson
The snow fell hard, slowing passes and quickening heart rates of those charged with shoveling it off the ice during stoppages. The wind swirled off Lake Michigan. The Chicago skyline stood illuminated outside Soldier Field.
These outdoor hockey games are spectacles, recalling youthful memories of pond hockey and creating a party atmosphere for the sellout crowd of 62,921. And Chicago on the first day of March didn’t disappoint.
Neither did the Blackhawks, embracing the elements to snap a two-game losing streak with a rousing 5-1 victory over the Penguins on Saturday night in the last of the NHL’s four Stadium Series games.