Blackhawks Begin Stanley Cup Defense With 6-4 VictoryDex McLuskey
The Chicago Blackhawks began defense of their National Hockey League title with a 6-4 home win over the Washington Capitals.
Also last night in the first games of the regular season, the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-3 and the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Edmonton Oilers 5-4.
Mikhail Grabovski scored two goals on power plays in the third period at United Center to give Washington a 4-3 lead before goals by Brandon Saad, Johnny Oduya and Marian Hossa secured the victory for Chicago.
The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup for a second time in four seasons in June when they scored twice in the final 76 seconds of Game Six to beat the Boston Bruins 3-2.
The 2012 regular season was shortened to 48 games per team by a labor dispute between players and owners that yielded a 10-year collective bargaining agreement after a 117-day lockout.