Six different players scored. Corey Crawford made a bunch of key saves. There was a big penalty kill and an impressive rally.
The beginning of this season looked a lot like the end of the last one for the Chicago Blackhawks.
Johnny Oduya, Brandon Saad and Marian Hossa scored in the third period, and the Blackhawks kicked off their title defense with a 6-4 victory over Mikhail Grabovski and the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night.
''We wanted a good start. I think we got that,'' Oduya said. ''Maybe in the second we came down a little bit, the win is the key thing to that, and to keep building on that.''
Patrick Kane, Brent Seabrook and Brandon Bollig also scored for Chicago, which won its first game for the second straight season. Crawford made 28 saves, including a couple of huge stops when the Blackhawks killed off a late 5-on-3 power play.
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