Chicago 5, Los Angeles 2

Boxscore | Recap
Saturday, January 19, 2013 3:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Chicago 1-0-0-0 0-0-0-0 1-0-0-0 W1
Los Angeles 0-1-0-0 0-1-0-0 0-0-0-0 L1

Recap


Blackhawks 5, Kings 2: Marian Hossa scored two goals and added an assist as visiting Chicago spoiled Los Angeles' Stanley Cup celebration by drubbing the Kings in the season opener.

Patrick Kane and captain Jonathan Toews had a goal and an assist apiece as the Blackhawks raced to a 3-0 first-period lead and quickly doused the feel-good vibrations after the Kings had raised the Stanley Cup championship banner to the rafters moments earlier.

Michael Frolik also struck in the opening period and Corey Crawford made 19 saves as the 2009-10 Stanley Cup champions snapped a three-game losing streak at the hands of Los Angeles. Conn Smythe winner Jonathan Quick stopped 17 shots for Los Angeles.

The Blackhawks elected to stay in the locker room during the lavish pregame ceremony, which featured a video tribute with a montage of photos before each Kings player was presented with a championship ring. The star of the show - the Stanley Cup - finally made it to the ice and was presented to each Los Angeles player, many of whom placed a kiss on it.

After that, it was all Chicago. Kane scored the first goal of the lockout-stalled season by drilling a sharp-angle, one-timer past Quick on a 5-on-3 power play just 3:41 into the contest. Hossa doubled the lead nine minutes later when he sent a bouncing puck toward the slot that eluded Quick before a missile by Frolik 74 seconds later made it 3-0 with 5:59 left in the period.

Toews stuffed a rebound of Kane's shot past Quick at 1:16 of the second period before the Kings finally got on the board with 82 seconds left in the period on defenseman Rob Scuderi's goal. Jordan Nolan cut it to 4-2 midway through the third.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Quick went 3-1-0 against Chicago last season, registering a pair of shutouts and allowing four goals in the four games. ... During the Cup-raising ceremony, the family of Ana Grace Marquez-Greene - one of the victims of the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn. - helped carry out the banner onto the ice before it was raised to the rafters. ... Hossa had 29 goals and 77 points in 2011-12 before his season ended when he took a vicious elbow to the head from Phoenix's Raffi Torres during Chicago's opening-round playoff series.

Top Game Performances

Chicago   Los Angeles
Marian Hossa 3 Points Kyle Clifford 2
Marian Hossa 2 Goals Jordan Nolan 1
Marian Hossa 1 Assists Kyle Clifford 2
Patrick Kane 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Corey Crawford .905 Save Percentage Jonathan Quick .773
Corey Crawford 19 Saves Jonathan Quick 17

Team Stats Summary

 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Chicago 22 5 1-5 5-5 10 31
Los Angeles 21 2 0-5 4-5 10 32

Upcoming Games

  • Los Angeles will play their next game on the road against Los Angeles . The Kings have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
  • Chicago will play their next game on the road against Phoenix . The Blackhawks have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.