It was a perfect day for hockey in New York City, but instead of the usual venue at Madison Square Garden, the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils took their bitter rivalry outside to the equally bitter cold of Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. The Rangers got off to a slow start, but dominated the rest of the game.
The Rangers were down 3-1 in the first period before they rattled off six straight goals to beat the Devils 7-3 in their first of two games at Yankee Stadium. The Devils imploded defensively and the Rangers made them and Martin Brodeur pay.
The Rangers got four goals in the second, including three goals on three consecutive shots. Three of those four goals came off of three-on-ones created by awesome back checking and defense. The Rangers got two goals from Mats Zuccarello, one from Rick Nash, and one from Carl Hagelin in that amazing second period.
With the snow falling and creating a memory the fans would never forget, the Rangers took their game to another level. They were possessing the puck and owning the neutral zone. They also did a masterful job on breakouts, which led to most of the odd man rushes.
Midway through the first period, people were wondering if the Rangers were on their way to being blown out at the special venue, but they turned the tables on Brodeur and the Devils.
Now, the Rangers go for the Stadium Series sweep when they take on the New York Islanders Wednesday night.