(CHICAGO) — The Chicago Blackhawks raised another championship banner to the rafters at the United Center, and from there it was back to business.
Johnny Oduya, Marian Hossa, and Brandon Sadd all scored third period goals as the Blackhawks began their title defense with a 6-4 victory over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night.
“We wanted a good start. I think we got that,” Oduya said. “Maybe in the second we came down a little bit, the win is the key thing to that, and to keep building on that. There’s a lot of games this year, so we’ve got to stay strong and get better.”
Jonathan Toews set up Patrick Kane for another goal for the Blackhawks, who won their season opener for the second-consecutive year. Corey Crawford stopped 28 shots in goal.
Mikhail Grabovski netted a hat trick for the Capitals. Alexander Ovechkin tallied a goal and an assist, but the team lost their opener for the second year in a row.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN