Found October 02, 2013 on The Farm Club:
Damn, it feels good for this season to kick off. The Blackhawks start out their title defense against a pesky Capitals squad with a victory and two points in the standings. Absolutely exhilarating game after a beautiful banner ceremony. But last year was last year and it’s on to new business. The target is going to be on their backs all season long. They are going to get everyone’s best, every single night. Game one was no exception, as the Caps brought it, but came up just a little short. Nick Leddy is just one of the many fresh faces for the Hawks.(Wiki Commons) Brandon Bollig opened the scoring for the Blackhawks, leaving fans wondering what dimension we were in. The pugilist potted home a Hjalmarsson rebound, showing some nifty hands on a hockey play for a change. But Ovi gonna Ovi and he got the mark right back for the Caps on the power play. Patrick Kane would snipe one over Holtby’s shoulder to take a 2-1 lead into the intermission. Real skitterish period for the Blackhawks. Looked a little dizzy from the light show of the banner ceremony. Grabs would score on a two on one to pull the Caps even before Seabrook would pot a power play goal to go up 3-2 after two. The third was a chaotic period that started with two Capital power play goals against a dismal Blackhawks kill. But Saad would tie it up for the Blackhawks on a nifty saucer pass from Michal Handzus. A birthday boy knuckle puck goal from Oduya would put the Blackhawks ahead for good. After a big 5v3 kill, an empty netter not-a-goal-but-a-goal from Hossa sealed the deal. 6-4, two points. Bullets below. You Come at the King, You Best Not Miss - Let’s start with the bad. The penalty kill for the Blackhawks was abysmal. Three goals against on the PK is not how you want to start the season. Sad to say newcomer and training camp stand out Joakim Nordstrom might be on a bus back to Rockford after this one. He was following the puck a little too much, and was out of position on two of the power play goals. The Blackhawks as a whole were extremely passive on the kill. They are a team that is use to having aggressive forward play to force issues, and at one point had all four player below the hashes. But they did kill the 5v3 late in a crucial position. HOPE. - Grabs is going to flourish in Washington. The East will be significantly more fun if they become major players again. - Strong game from Blackhawks newcomer Jimmy Hayes. Power forwards always take a little extra to develop and it would be nice to see him be a force on the third line. - Bollig goal. What universe is this? I hate on him a lot (all deserved) but you could see in the preseason that he worked his sassy ass off this summer. Eight minutes played, a goal, a dumb penalty. That’s a step up for him. - I don’t know what Crawford’s deal was, he had sat out the last preseason game with “lower body stiffness,” but he was stalling for time at breaks in the second. He played well, and made some crucial saves to keep the Blackhawks in it. 32 shots is about 4 more than I would like to see him face a game. - 82-0-0 still intact. The post Defenders: Blackhawks 6, Capitals 4 appeared first on The Farm Club.

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