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Hockey as it should be as Blackhawks beat Penguins at snowy Soldier Field

More than 62,000 fans wrapped up warm to cheer on the two sides at the home of the Chicago Bears.

Chicago Blackhawks' Duncan Keith (2) and Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz (14) kick up snow and ice as they battle for a loose puck.
Chicago Blackhawks' Duncan Keith (2) and Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz (14) kick up snow and ice as they battle for a loose puck.
Image: AP/Press Association Images

THE CITY OF Chicago put the ice into ice hockey last night as it hosted an outdoor NHL game between its very own Blackhawks and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Playing at Soldier Field — home to the Chicago Bears — as part of the NHL’s Stadium Series, the Blackhawks scored early and often against the Penguins in a comprehensive 5-1 victory. Some 62,921 hockey fans were in chilly attendance at the NFL ground as the Stanley Cup champions, led quite brilliantly by captain Jonathan Toews, lit the lamp all night.

Chicago raced into a 3-0 lead before Pittsburgh’s James Neal got a goal back. Bryan Bickell restored the three-goal cushion before Toews rounded off the home-town rout. Here are some of the match highlights and best pictures:

Source: NHL

Penguins Blackhawks Hockey Members of the ice crew remove snow from around Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford. Source: AP/Press Association Images

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Penguins Blackhawks Hockey Source: AP/Press Association Images

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