Blackhawks drop defending champ Kings in opener

Chicago's Patrick Kane (foreground) beats Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick for a first-period goal. The Kings were knocked off after raising their Stanley Cup banner.

LOS ANGELES — Marian Hossa had two goals and an assist, Corey Crawford made 19 saves, and the Chicago Blackhawks crashed the Kings’ Stanley Cup championship celebration with a 5-2 victory over Los Angeles on Saturday.


Captain Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane each had a goal and an assist for the Blackhawks, who jumped to a 3-0 lead on Michael Frolik’s goal less than 15 minutes in. With superior speed and skill, Chicago ruined the party shortly after the Kings raised their first championship banner to the Staples Center rafters.

Rob Scuderi and Jordan Nolan scored and Jonathan Quick stopped 17 shots for the Kings, who returned every player from the first eighth-seeded playoff team to win the Stanley Cup.


In Philadelphia, Tyler Kennedy and James Neal both scored goals to lead Pittsburgh past the Flyers.

Claude Giroux scored for Philadelphia.

Chris Kunitz added an empty-netter in the final seconds for the Penguins.

About 20,000 fans filled the Wells Fargo Center and they were welcomed back and thanked by the team in videotaped messages throughout the game.

The rivalry started early in this abbreviated season. The Flyers eliminated the Penguins in six games last season in an Eastern Conference first-round playoff series.

Counting the 2012 regular-season finale, the Penguins have played the Flyers eight consecutive games.


In Boston, Tuukka Rask stopped 20 shots in his first game after taking over for two-time Vezina Trophy winner Tim Thomas, and the Bruins beat New York.

Milan Lucic and Daniel Paille scored for Boston, which won the Northeast Division last year before losing in the first round of the playoffs.

Rask backed up Thomas during the Bruins’ 2011 Stanley Cup run and inherited the job when the enigmatic goalie decided to take a year off to rest.


In Winnipeg, Manitoba, Erik Karlsson had a goal and two assists to lift Ottawa.

Milan Michalek, Kyle Turris and Chris Neil, with the game-winner in the second period, scored Ottawa’s other goals.

Dustin Byfuglien scored for the Jets.

Craig Anderson stopped 27 of the 28 shots he faced for the Senators, while Winnipeg goalie Ondrej Pavelec faced 37 shots.


In Uniondale, N.Y., David Clarkson’s goal at 8:17 of the third period sent New Jersey over New York.

Travis Zajac also scored for New Jersey. Martin Brodeur stopped 18 shots to increase his NHL wins record to 657.

Travis Hamonic had New York’s goal, a power-play score at 7:12 of the third. Evgeni Nabokov made 26 saves for the Islanders.

Islanders coach Jack Capuano missed game “due to medical reasons.”


In Tampa, Fla., Martin St. Louis and Eric Brewer each scored two goals as Tampa Bay beat Washington.

St. Louis added an assist, while Vincent Lecavalier and Cory Conacher also scored for the Lightning.


In Sunrise, Fla., Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and two assists in his NHL debut, Brian Campbell scored twice in a first-period frenzy and Florida opened defense of its Southeast Division title with a win.

Alex Kovalev also had a goal and two assists in his first game with the Panthers.

Jose Theodore stopped 41 shots for Florida.


In Montreal, Nazem Kadri and Tyler Bozek scored power-play goals as Toronto beat the Canadiens.

The Maple Leafs went 2 for 5 with the man-advantage and held Montreal to 1 for 5 on Brian Gionta’s goal – and that was the difference in a sloppily played game by both clubs.



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