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"They were better and more prepared to play."The buildup of snow on the ice was heavy enough that stoppages were lengthened to allow the ice to be hand-shoveled.
Johnson was back in the lead, as he had been at the halfway stage of the tournament, and from then on he looked to be in the clear before the upsetting news that he could be hit with a penalty stroke muddied the waters."I played some good golf out there the last three rounds, and very happy with how I played. Obviously, I'm here to win a tournament and, unfortunately, I didn't win," he said.CHICAGO - In the Windy City, weather is unpredictable.But it has been easy to forecast Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews having a storm-force impact in important games.In swirling snow and frosty temperatures, Toews improved his big game resume with two goals and an assist Saturday to spark the Blackhawks to a 5-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a memorable outdoor game at 90-year-old Soldier Field."We felt like we could find a way to score every time we had the puck," Toews said."It honestly did feel like we were playing shinny hockey in the backyard."BOX SCORE: Blackhawks 5, Penguins 1An overflowing crowd of 62,921 filled the iconic venue.The Blackhawks outshot Pittsburgh 40-32, and Toews had seven shots on goal.
MORE: Jagr scores 700th goal"It wouldn't have mattered if we played this game inside or outside, or if there was snow or no snow," said Penguins coach Dan Bylsma.
NHL STADIUM SERIES GAMES Vancouver Canucks left wing Chris Higgins (20) tries to get past Ottawa Senators defenseman Cody Ceci (5) to get to the puck controlled by defenseman Chris Phillips (4) during the second period of the Heritage Classic.
Vancouver Canucks center Ryan Kesler (17) battles for the puck with Ottawa Senators players Mike Hoffman (68) , Mika Zibanejad (93) and Cody Ceci (5) during the second period of the Heritage Classic.
It seems that every week we argue over who is the best current player in a sport or the all-time best team anyone has ever seen. Each year, we see hundreds of new players get drafted or signed to professional sports teams.
While we hope that all the scouting teams do pay off and those players turn out the way most expect, we've seen over the years that sometimes organizations just drop the ball.
But this was a meeting of two of the prime Stanley Cup contenders, and it was evident early that the Blackhawks owned an extra layer of motivation.