DALLAS -- NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman was talking about the weather Wednesday, but he might as well have been talking about the entire 2020 NHL Winter Classic.
Asked if the weather was "just about perfect," Bettman replied emphatically: "Not just about … this was perfect. It's comfortable for the fans, the temperature is good for the ice, there's no precipitation, and there's no sun. The cloud cover couldn't be more perfect. This is an ideal weather situation for us at an outdoor game."
In fact, it was an ideal situation in pretty much every regard.
Attendance was 85,630 (the second-largest crowd to ever attend an NHL game), fans enjoyed a Texas-themed event that included country music, the State Fair Midway, and pig races -- and the Stars found a way to forge an exciting comeback win, 4-2, over the Nashville Predators.