Hawks Ruin Kings’ Party
The Los Angeles Kings watch as the Stanley Cup championship banner is raised before the Kings' NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks in Los Angeles, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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 yesterday.
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.
Quick gave up five goals just once last season while making his first All-Star team, but he wasn’t much better than his teammates in his first game since winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as the NHL’s playoff MVP and getting a 10-year, $58 million contract extension. And in the first 22 minutes, the Kings gave up more goals than they yielded in any playoff game during their 16-4 run through the postseason.
Penguins 3, Flyers 1
Philadelphia — Tyler Kennedy and James Neal both scored goals to lead Pittsburgh past Philadelphia.
Claude Giroux scored for the Flyers.
Chris Kunitz added an empty-netter in the final seconds for the Penguins.
Flyers fans were in playoff form, starting with the booming, derogatory chants at Sidney Crosby from the moment the Penguins captain took the ice. Crosby was held without a point in the opener, but just seeing a healthy No. 87 on the ice gives the Penguins hope big things are ahead this season.
Senators 4, Jets 1
Winnipeg, Manitoba — Erik Karlsson had a goal and two assists and Ottawa spoiled the Jets’ home opener.
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.
Lightning 6, Capitals 3
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 goals for the Lightning.
Joel Ward scored twice and Wojtek Wolski also had a goal for the Capitals, who lost in Adam Oates’ NHL coaching debut.
St. Louis’ drive from above the left circle during a 5-on-3 power play gave Tampa Bay a 4-3 advantage at 4:47 of the third. Conacher, who had an assist in first NHL game, scored his first goal to extend the lead to 5-3 with 6:36 to go. Brewer scored his second goal late in the third.
Devils 2, Islanders 1
Uniondale, n.y. — David Clarkson’s goal at 8:17 of the third period sent New Jersey to a season-opening win 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.”
The effects of the 119-day lockout and compacted training camp were evident in the season opener for both teams. Emotion was decidedly lacking save for two brief instances, and passes and shots were not as crisp as they would be at the same point in an 82-game season.
Maple Leafs 2
Montreal — Nazem Kadri and Tyler Bozak scored power-play goals as Toronto opened with a victory over Montreal.
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.
Michael Kostka, playing his first NHL game at 27 years old, earned an assist on Kadri’s goal and was second only to fellow defenseman Dion Phaneuf in ice time for the Maple Leafs in a strong debut performance.
The Leafs outshot the Canadiens 26-22.
Panthers 5, Hurricanes 1
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 their Southeast Division title with a win over Carolina.
Alex Kovalev also had a goal and two assists in his first game with Florida.
Jose Theodore made 41 saves for the Panthers, who led 4-0 after the first 20 minutes for their highest-scoring period since Dec. 17, 2010.
Scottie Upshall also scored for Florida.
Patrick Dwyer had the lone goal for Carolina, which was down 5-0 early in the second. Starting goaltender Cam Ward was pulled following the first period, after stopping just eight of the 12 shots he faced.