CHICAGO - A heat wave will abate in Chicago on Monday, with temperatures dropping 10 to 15 degrees, and the cooler weather might have an effect on Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Saturday night, in Game 1, after an afternoon in which temperatures neared 90 degrees, the ice quickly got soft and chippy each period, and controlling the puck was difficult for both teams.
It happens this time of year. Combine warm temperatures with 22,000 fans, and the quality of the ice is always a question.
"The nice weather we've been having doesn't treat the ice very well," said Dave Bolland of the Blackhawks. "You can't handle the puck or play around with it. You can't dipsy-doodle with it. You get it and go. The few times I tried to play around with it, it got away from me, and the guys were gone."